HB 234

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 151st General Assembly (2021-2022)
  • Introduced in House May 19, 2022
  • Passed House May 19, 2022
  • Senate
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 31 Related To Extension Of Medicaid Coverage Through The First Year Postpartum.

Abstract

This Act requires the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance to take the necessary steps to expand Medicaid coverage to pregnant women from the current coverage of 60-days from the end of pregnancy under federal Medicaid regulations to 12 months from the end of pregnancy. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, pregnant women receiving Medicaid benefits cannot be dropped so comprehensive medical care and other health care services have continued beyond 60 days until 12 months after the end of pregnancy by virtue of the federal Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists. This Act would continue that coverage after the Determination is not renewed. In the event that coverage under the Determination ends before the State Plan Amendment is approved, the State will be obligated to provide the cost of coverage for services provided to pregnant women during the period from 60 days until 12 months after pregnancy ends. Insurance coverage is a critical factor in determining women’s access to affordable postpartum care and is a key strategy for reducing preventable maternal mortality. Extending the period postpartum during which insurance coverage is available will help close the disparity in the maternal morbidity and mortality rate, improve access for preventive services and comprehensive care for chronic conditions, including behavioral health, and accordingly, improve the overall health outcomes among Black women and women of other races.

Bill Sponsors (17)

Votes


May 19, 2022

Actions


May 19, 2022

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 234 - Passed In House by Voice Vote

Senate

Assigned to Health & Social Services Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Health & Social Services

House

Passed By House. Votes: 39 YES 2 ABSENT

May 17, 2022

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 234 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jun 21, 2021

House

Reported Out of Committee (Appropriations) in House with 3 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Appropriations

Jun 17, 2021

House

Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations

Jun 16, 2021

House

Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 7 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Health & Human Development

Jun 08, 2021

House

Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Health & Human Development

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Bill Text PDF HTML
HA 1 to HB 234 HTML PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note PDF

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