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Opt in PA: A Panel on Postpartum Medicaid Extension

Join us on Thursday, November 4th from 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Register here: bit.ly/OptInPA

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Women's Health Activist Movement Global are partnering with State Representative Morgan Cephas' office for the annual Birthing a Movement event series. Join us for this year's event on Pennsylvania opting in to extend postpartum Medicaid. 

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 included a provision that gives states a new option to extend Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 1 year postpartum. The new option can take effect beginning April 1, 2022 and would be available for five years.​

Medicaid covers almost half of births nationally, and 35% of births in Pennsylvania as of 2019. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity is more prevalent during the postpartum period, and impacts Black and Native American women three times as much. Conditions that contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity – such as hypertension, depression, and cardiovascular disease – require longer-term care. Medicaid coverage up to a year postpartum would provide access to preventative services, and a continuity of care.

This event will feature opening remarks from Pennsylvania State Representative Morgan Cephas, 192nd Legislative District (Philadelphia)

Panelists: 

Iyanna Bridges - Founder & Owner of The Birthing Hut

Jessica Coles - Community Member

Rochelle Jackson - Founder & Director of the Black Women's Policy Agenda

Secretary Meg Snead - Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Demia Tyler - Director of Strategic Initiatives at Healthy Start Inc.