JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed legislation that could allow women who give birth while undergoing substance abuse treatment to remain covered by the Medicaid health care program for a longer time.
State law currently cuts off their Medicaid coverage 60 days after giving birth.
That could be extended for 12 months if they continue with treatment under a bill passed Monday by the House on a 139-6 vote. The legislation now moves to the Senate.
Lawmakers who support the bill said they hope it will help people overcome opioid addictions and keep children out of foster care.
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The proposed Medicaid expansion also would need approval from federal officials.
Legislative researchers estimate it could cost more than $4 million annually when fully implemented.