Rachel Bluth, VICE, November 12
Madavia Johnson experienced severe postpartum anxiety last year after giving birth to her son, Donald. She was eligible for Medicaid while pregnant but lost her eligibility 60 days after he was born. It would be 8 months before Johnson was able to see a doctor. The U.S. is one of only three countries where maternal deaths are on the rise, yet new moms are still losing their Medicaid health coverage shortly after delivery. Beyond protecting women during the medically vulnerable time after they deliver, experts think increasing Medicaid could go a long way toward addressing the racial disparities that exist in maternal mortality rates.
Michael Ollove, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, November 13
The politics surrounding the issue of Medicaid expansion have changed dramatically in the past five years. Republican officeholders have shown an increasing willingness to support expansion. Serious efforts are underway in Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Oklahoma that could add them to the 36 states, plus Washington, D.C., that have opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. And the benefits of expansion have been thoroughly researched and publicized. Millions of Americans have gained coverage in expansion states, while rural and safety net hospitals have benefited from the additional federal resources. A study
by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that at least 19,200 lives of adults aged 55 to 64 had been saved in states that had expanded Medicaid between 2014 and 2017.