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Maternal and Child Health

The American Rescue Plan includes a number of key provisions that impact maternal and child health by strengthening numerous health programs, including both public and private health insurance coverage. Some of the new provisions build on actions Congress previously took in earlier COVID relief packages including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

GENERAL SUMMARIES AND GUIDANCE

(05/13/2021) Home Visiting Eligible Use of State, Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (see p. 14, 143), Department of Treasury

(03/11/2021) The Affordable Care Act: Final Coverage Provisions in The American Rescue Plan And What Comes Next, Health Affairs

(03/2021) American Rescue Plan Act: Health Coverage Provisions Explained, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families

GENERAL ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

MEDICAID, CHIP, AND THE ACA

(06/06/2021) Medicaid Forward: Children’s Health, National Association of Medicaid Directors. 

(04/09/2021) Advancing Postpartum Coverage in Medicaid: Waiver or SPA? Georgetown Center for Children and Families

(03/23/2021) Implementing American Rescue Plan’s 12-month Postpartum Medicaid Coverage: Federal and State Actions, Georgetown Center for Children and Families

(03/17/2021) New Incentive for States to Adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Implications for State Spending, Kaiser Family Foundation 

(03/16/2021) Optional 12 Months Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Leaves Opportunity to Do More, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families

(03/06/2021) ARP Contains State Plan Option Allowing States to Extend Post Partum Coverage to One Year, US Congress

HOME VISITING

(05/2021) Award Instructions — HRSA Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, Health Resources and Services Administration 

(03/12/2021) COVID Relief Funding for Home Visiting, Linchpin Strategies, Alliance for Early Success Listserv

(03/11/2021) The American Rescue Plan Act: Frequently Asked Questions on CAPTA and MIECHV Provisions, Prevent Child Abuse America

STATE ACTIONS AND ADVOCACY RECOMMENDATIONS

Illinois (05/21/2021) Use of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), Start Early 

Illinois (04/12/2021) HHS Secretary Becerra Approves Illinois Waiver Request to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage, Georgetown Center for Children and Families 

Tennessee (03/23/2021): Tennessee Republicans open to Medicaid expansion talks as Biden sweetens deal, The Tennessean

Wyoming (03/22/2021): Medicaid expansion bill gains approval in Wyoming House, Casper Star-Tribune 

Multi-State (03/22/2021) Implementing American Rescue Plan’s 12-month Postpartum Medicaid Coverage: Federal and State Actions, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families 

Alabama (03/21/2021): Alabama Reviewing Medicaid Expansion Incentives, Modern Healthcare

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