Last May, the Missouri legislature passed a bill to give new mothers Medicaid coverage for a full year instead of just 60 days.

Although Gov. Mike Parson signed the Medicaid postpartum extension into law over the summer, the law did not immediately go into effect.

However, now everything is finally in place. This means that Missouri mothers who are eligible for Medicaid will have coverage for 12 months after the birth of their child, covering a critical window for mental and physical health.

Patients should know these new rules are in full effect now, and the state will backdate the coverage to July. This means that if you have had a baby since the new rules went into effect on July 7, you may be eligible for the extension.