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Texas Legislature 2021

Maternal health care advocates applaud new state law to extend Medicaid coverage, but say it doesn’t go far enough

The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, gives new mothers six months of postpartum Medicaid coverage instead of two. That’s less than many advocates and some lawmakers wanted.

Tambra Morrison holds her 7-month-old daughter Kalani as they watch her other two children, Kayden and Kynnedi, climb the jungle gym at Red Bird Park in Duncanville on Aug. 14, 2021.
Tambra Morrison is the mother of three children and a proponent for expanding postpartum care in Texas. Along with parenting her children, she works a 40-hour job processing medical claims while also working at Instacart to help cover medical bills and therapy. Duncanville. Aug. 14, 2021.

Filling in the gaps

Tambra Morrison, center, is the mother to her three children Kalani, seven months, Kayden, seven, and Kynnedi, 12. After a life-threatening experience following the birth of her youngest child, Tambra has been an active voice speaking on the critical need for expanding postpartum care for mothers. Aug. 14, 2021.

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