Expanding HUSKY Maternal Health Coverage – InsuranceNewsNet

HARTFORD — Federal Medicare and Medicaid Service Centers (CMS) has approved the State of Connecticut’s request to expand Medicaid (known as Connecticut such as HUSKY) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for 12 months after pregnancy.

According to CMS, this extension will affect around 4,000 Connecticut residents who would otherwise lose their coverage after 60 days. While the majority of the approximately 14,000 HUSKY customers who give birth each year remain eligible for coverage postpartum, some customers lost their eligibility after two months.

Extending this coverage will allow everyone with twelve months of HUSKY coverage to meet postpartum health needs, which may include postpartum recovery, pregnancy complications, mental health needs and chronic health problems.

Previously, Medicaid/HUSKY only covered two months of postpartum coverage. With high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality, Connecticut’s request for expanded coverage approval was hailed by state leaders as a milestone in addressing maternal health.

“I know from real-life experience what this will mean for people who receive this expanded coverage,” the Connecticut Department of Social Services commissioner said. Deidre Gifford, a former OB-GYN practitioner, said. “Until we get to a place where everyone has health care coverage in our country, that’s another step in the right direction.”

The Connecticut Department of Social Services will administer this extension of coverage through the HUSKY Health program. Parents enrolled in HUSKY Health will automatically benefit from this extended coverage.

Parents not currently registered HUSKY Health can apply through Access Health CT at accesshealthct.com or 1-855-805-4325.

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