Postpartum insurance losses fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study shows
Postpartum insurance losses fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study shows

Postpartum insurance losses fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study shows

The researchers found that among the sample, the rate of insurance losses fell from 3.1% in 2019 to 1.8% in 2021. In 2019 (before the pandemic), among respondents who reported having Medicaid in the past year, 88.2 % had consistent Medicaid, 10.3% lost coverage and 1.6% switched to private coverage. By 2021 (during the pandemic), 95% had consistently Medicaid, 3.7% lost coverage and 0.8% switched to private coverage. The number of people who went from having Medicaid to being uninsured fell by 64% during the pandemic.

Because declines in postpartum insurance losses were primarily associated with large increases in consistent Medicaid, the researchers said the results suggest that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was a primary factor in significantly reducing postpartum Medicaid losses.

This is important because the postpartum period can present unique health risks, Eliason said. Around the rain 52% of maternal deaths in the United States occur during this time, she noted; in addition, complications (such as cardiovascular or metabolic) that were present during pregnancy may persist and the risk of mental health problems may increase. Studies show that one in eight people who have recently given birth experience postpartum depression, which can lead to suicide or overdose, making mental health problems one of the leading causes of death in the postpartum period, Eliason said.

However, women with health insurance can be screened for mental and physical health problems and associated with resources and appropriate care. That’s why it’s so important that people are allowed to keep their health insurance coverage for this and longer, Eliason said, especially with Medicaid covering almost half of all births in the United States.

“Taking protection insurance away 60 days after birth means that a very significant population will be without cover during a vulnerable time in their lives, putting their health at risk and that their babies are at higher risk,” she said.

This research was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (T32 HS000011, K01 HS027464) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (P2C HD041020).

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