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Texas postpartum health care is at risk due to increased partisanship

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News Politics: The last thing we need is another pointless political spat impeding access to healthcare in a state with one of the highest rates of maternal death. In Texas, however, the Medicaid coverage period for postpartum women, including new mothers, has been extended from two to six months. The last thing we need is another pointless political battle impeding access to healthcare in a state with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality. But Texas is moving in the opposite direction, extending Medicaid coverage for postpartum women—including new mothers—from two to six months. The state’s request to increase new moms’ Medicaid coverage from two months to six months

We’re not sure if that was the intent of state legislatures. What we can say emphatically is that this should not be an abortion issue. Women who need postpartum care should definitely get it.

State House Bill 113, passed in 2021, extended coverage to women who give birth or who have an “involuntary miscarriage.” In a post-Roe world, federal officials interpreted the wording as possibly excluding women who had voluntary abortions.

The term “involuntary miscarriage” is not medical. And according to a staffer at the Austin Women’s Health Caucus, this language was included to ensure women who had lost a child were included, not that anyone was left out.

We need our lawmakers to get to work quickly in the next session to change the language in the law and resubmit the motion. Gov. Greg Abbott should declare the request an emergency so the Legislature can work on it when she returns immediately.

The rejection of the application is worrying and jeopardizes women’s health care. But this is also an opportunity for our lawmakers to correct another mistake they made in 2021, when they only extended postpartum Medicaid coverage by six months instead of 12 months.This despite overwhelming bipartisan support in the state house for

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