AN ACT TO PROVIDE COVERAGE UNDER THE NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR PREGNANT WOMEN FOR TWELVE MONTHS POSTPARTUM INSTEAD OF ONLY SIXTY DAYS POSTPARTUM, AS ALLOWED UNDER THE FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021.
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the continued Medicaid eligibility of pregnant women for 12 months postpartum beginning on April 1, 2022, as allowed under Section 9812 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PL 117-2.
Amend GS 108A-54.3A by amending the Medicaid eligibility requirements for pregnant women, which covers pregnant women with incomes equal to or less than 196% of the federal poverty guidelines and limits coverage to services related to pregnancy and to other conditions determined to be conditions that may complicate pregnancy. Adds that this limitation on services does not apply as long as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allows coverage of pregnant women for 12 months postpartum. Effective April 1, 2022.
Appropriates $12,344,000 in recurring funds for 2021-22 and $50,816,000 for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits, to implement this act. Requires that the funds be used to provide a State match for the specified federal funds and specifies that those federal funds appropriated to the Division of Health Benefits be used to implement this act. Effective July 1, 2021.