Washington, D.C. — J. Martin Tucker, MD, FACOG, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), issued the following statement on the House Energy & Commerce Committee draft Build Back Better Act released today:
“ACOG applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee for including mandatory, comprehensive, and permanent postpartum Medicaid extension in its draft of the Build Back Better Act. Extending Medicaid coverage for pregnant individuals from 60 days to 12 months postpartum has been a years-long priority for ACOG, and we are encouraged by this critical step in the right direction.
“ACOG is grateful to Representative Robin Kelly for her partnership on extending postpartum Medicaid coverage, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone for his commitment to our shared goal of ensuring that all birthing people are guaranteed the coverage they need to thrive after pregnancy. We urge the House of Representatives and United States Senate to swiftly enact this policy and, as it advances, we urge consideration of a strong maintenance of effort requirement as well as enhanced federal funding to support states.”