On April 14, 2022, Michigan joined a growing number of states that can now offer Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for up to 12 months after a beneficiary gives birth. CMS estimates that nearly 16,000 pregnant and postpartum people in Michigan will be eligible for this expanded coverage, made possible through a new state plan opportunity created under the American Rescue Plan.
Prior to this expansion, Medicaid programs only provided coverage for postpartum care for 60 days, which is insufficient. While postpartum care has historically focused on the six and eight-week visits that occur during the first 60 days after birth, today’s postpartum care aims to take a more comprehensive approach that includes following up on pregnancy complications, managing chronic conditions, family planning, and addressing mental health conditions. This comprehensive approach can require multiple visits that can last up to a year or longer. Read more about Michigan’s Medicaid expansion here.