Illinois Becomes First State to Extend Full Healthcare Benefits to Mothers For 1 Year Postpartum, Pritzker Announces

Mother and baby

NBC Chicago

Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to extend full Medicaid benefits to new mothers from 60 days to one year postpartum, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday.

The extension aims to reduce the rate of maternal morbidity, according to Pritzker, noting health disparities for Black women during the period after giving birth.

“Every mother in Illinois deserves access to quality healthcare following the birth of a child, regardless of their income level,” Pritzker said in a statement. “This coverage expansion will further my administration’s work to reduce health disparities in communities across the state and improve maternal health outcomes for women of color.”

According to a press release, women with incomes up to 208% of the federal poverty level will have continuous healthcare benefits eligibility through 12 months postpartum.

Illinois’ extension of coverage should help mothers better manage chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, a press release said, and provide important health services.

This article originally appeared on NBC Chicago.

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