Research Grants

Funding For:

Improving Postpartum Health through Increased Medicaid Coverage after Childbirth

Health Equity / Maternal and Child Health / Social Determinants of Health


Maria Steenland, Brown University

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2020 - Jun 30, 2022



Summary of the Project:

This study will examine the impact of the Arkansas Medicaid expansion on full-year postpartum use of outpatient care, emergency department visits and inpatient stays for severe maternal morbidities, and test whether the Medicaid expansion reduced racial disparities in these outcomes. Results are expected to inform deliberations regarding proposed state and federal legislation to provide up to one-year of pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage for postpartum women.

Grantee Publications

December 17, 2021

Association of Medicaid Expansion in Arkansas With Postpartum Coverage, Outpatient Care, and Racial Disparities

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Author: Maria W. Steenland, SD, MPH; Ira B. Wilson, MD, MS; Kristen A. Matteson, MD, MPH; et al