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“Studies have shown that the postpartum period is typically a time of heightened insurance instability, primarily because individuals [with] pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage lose eligibility after 60 days postpartum,” said principal investigator Erica Eliason, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in health services, policy and practice at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island. “As a result, individuals must qualify for parental Medicaid to maintain Medicaid coverage past this period, which has more restrictive income eligibility, or find alternative insurance options.”
The change in insurance eligibility leads to high uninsurance in the postpartum period for those who had pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage, according to Eliason. “However, to promote insurance access during the COVID-19 public health emergency, there was a Medicaid policy change that froze disenrollment, which meant that anyone who was going to lose Medicaid eligibility no longer did.”
The pandemic Medicaid policy inspired the authors to examine changes in postpartum Medicaid eligibility, “which has been of recent policy interest at the state and national level,” Eliason told Contemporary OB/GYN®.
The investigators culled data from the 2019 to 2021 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement. (Among the 4,448 postpartum respondents, the shift from insured to uninsured decreased by 1.3%, from 3.1% in 2019 (before the pandemic) to 1.8% during the pandemic in 2021. Results indicated no other significant coverage changes overall.1