NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) — On January 1, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medicaid program extended medical coverage for eligible pregnant and new moms.
From 60 days to 12 months post-pregnancy, the health and well-being of mother and baby improved, according to a news release.
Twelve months of ongoing coverage entitles eligible people to postnatal checkups, behavioral health services, and preventive care.
These preventive care services include mammograms and cervical screening.
Extended coverage covers dental care, sight and hearing screenings, chiropractic care, and other essential health care services.
“Expanding Medicaid coverage after pregnancy helps ensure that women get the care they need in their child’s first year,” said Krist Fremming, director of transitional health services. increase. “This aligns with our vision to make North Dakota the healthiest state in the nation by investing in the economic, behavioral and physical health of its people, the foundation of well-being. “
Current members and new applicants of North Dakota Medicaid must notify the Human Services Zone office of their pregnancy prior to delivery to be eligible for extended coverage. You can contact the secretariat online.
“The first few months after conception are a critical time to support new mothers,” said Alicia Billay, HHS Assistant Director of Community Engagement. “More access to postnatal care has significant benefits, including improved health behaviors for women and their babies, improved preventive care, and healthier outcomes in future pregnancies.”
Interested parties can find more information on the North Dakota Health and Human Services website.