“By extending Medicaid access to new mothers to a full year with Senate Bill 338, we would be taking a major stride toward reducing our abysmal maternal mortality rate in Georgia,” Butler said. “It provides an umbrella of protection for mothers and babies at an extremely vulnerable time, and it is a proven solution that can be immediately implemented to improve outcomes.”
In his proposed fiscal 2023 budget, Gov. Brian Kemp set aside $28.2 million in new spending for Medicaid to expand the program for postpartum mothers. In 2020, the Legislature allocated $20 million to extend maternal Medicaid benefits from two months to six after the birth of a child.