Missouri launches health care program for pregnant women

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, January 01 2016 Jan 1, 2016 Friday, January 01, 2016 7:49:15 AM CST January 01, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY — A program to expand prenatal health coverage is set to begin Jan. 1.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced the program will begin accepting applications Friday.

The "Show-Me Healthy Babies Program" was created to provide insurance for pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but don't have affordable private-sector insurance.

Nixon in 2014 signed a bill to establish the program. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in September reported it failed to get off the ground for more than a year.

A news release from Nixon's office says the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved the state's implementation plan.

The program is expected to expand access to health care to an estimated 1,800 pregnant women each year.

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