COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Ohio Medicaid’s extended coverage for new mothers from 60 days to 12 months after the birth of their child.
CMS estimates about 21,000 Ohio women will be eligible for the extended coverage each year.
“Maternal health is a strong predictor of a child’s health, so by extending health coverage for new moms, we are helping to provide the healthiest possible start in life for Ohio’s children,” DeWine said. “Ohio began this extended coverage on April 1, 2022, and CMS’s final approval is the last step to ensuring we can continue providing these services.”