By Rick Ruggles, Santa Fe New Mexican
June 16, 2022

Medicaid-insured mothers with newborn babies in New Mexico will receive 10 additional months of post-birth coverage, the federal and state governments said Thursday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a Biden administration news conference New Mexico has joined 13 states in extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers to 12 months. The duration previously was two months after birth.

Lujan Grisham said it was “an incredible honor” for New Mexico to be involved. The coverage has already kicked in. Lujan Grisham said government has a “moral obligation” to invest in impoverished, rural and minority families, many of whom don’t have good access to health care.

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