State announces plans to extend Medicaid coverage period for new, expecting moms

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced its plans Thursday to extend the health care coverage period for new and expecting moms eligible for Medicaid.

“This allows us to provide mothers the care and guidance they need through an important and delicate period in their lives without the additional fear or anxiety of getting an unaffordable bill,” said Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead.

Women eligible for Medicaid because of pregnancy are currently given coverage for 60 days. State officials say they’re bumping that period up to one year.

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