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State Panel Wants to Extend Medicaid for Eligible New Moms

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A bipartisan panel examining Georgia’s high maternal death rate is recommending that state lawmakers extend the amount of time low-income mothers are eligible for Medicaid coverage.

It’s one of 19 recommendations contained in a report released this week by the state House study committee on maternal mortality.

The committee was created last year to analyze Georgia’s maternal death rate, which is among the highest of any state in the U.S. But the recommendations, some of which would cost millions, could face an uphill battle winning full approval from lawmakers as the state faces budget cuts.

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