Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates
LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children are celebrating today as House Bill 174 received its final passage as part of Senate Bill 178, a favorable bill sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams, and now heads to the Governor for signature.
Parents’ health and access to health insurance coverage, especially for mothers, affects the health and well-being of their children. Despite the increased risk of postpartum death and illness, up to half of women do not receive routine care after birth, regardless of whether they experienced complications during pregnancy or not. The measure, sponsored by Representatives McKenzie Cantrell and Kim Moser, will ensure new mothers eligible for Medicaid can access continuous, uninterrupted health care up to 12 months postpartum – the most vulnerable time for mom and baby.
We thank Representatives Cantrell and Moser for championing HB 174 and Senator Raque Adams for ensuring its final passage before the final gavel of the General Assembly. We urge the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to honor their commitment to ensure new moms can access critical health care during their child’s first year of life.
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About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at www.kyyouth.org.