Govt. Ron DeSantis signed a bill extending Medicaid coverage to pregnant women for up to one year after giving birth.
Measurement (SB 2518) was a priority of the Speaker of the House Chris stretches which received bipartisan praise in both houses during the recent legislative session. DeSantis signed the measure on Wednesday, the same day he signed a series of budget bills, including the Budget of $ 101.5 billion for the coming year.
DeSantis credited the legislature with taking the lead in the postpartum health care effort. Without the extension, federal rules only guarantee mothers two months of insurance.
“For the first time since 1976, this legislature took the initiative to cover postpartum mothers after childbirth to ensure they are in good health and has extended this coverage from two months to 12 months,” he said. Sprowls said during the governor’s Zephyrhills ruling. economic visit.
Expanding postpartum care will be a $ 240 million business. However, Florida is only paying $ 89 million of that bill. The rest will come from federal Medicaid matching dollars.
Mothers below 185% of the most recent federal poverty line will be eligible.
The move will ensure better care and services for mothers and babies, the governor’s budget snapshot said.
When Sprows announced the plan in March, he pointed out that those funds would come on a recurring basis. This was despite the fact that the legislature made several recurring expenditures to create future flexibility amid the pandemic recovery.
“If we are to be truly committed to mothers and the health of their children in the long term, it has to be signaled in word and deed that this is a long term commitment, and that is what we are doing. let’s make the bill Medicaid compliant, ”Sprowls said.
Senate Democrats hailed the move as a progressive announcement. Senator Lauren’s Book be p. Kamia Brown, both Democrats, introduced bills to expand postpartum health care (SB 238/HB 645) in December and February respectively, before the legislative session.
The measure will come into effect on July 1 with the rest of the budget.