ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 19, 2023 — The American Heart Association today issued the following statement from Jamie Morgan, Senior Region Lead State Government Relations in response to the signing of SB 58, which expands Medicaid coverage for postpartum moms in Alaska to 12 months after giving birth: 

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of new moms[1] and extending Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months saves lives. Pregnancy is often the first time many women see a physician on a regular basis, and these regular visits provide an opportunity to address chronic and pregnancy-related health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. By ensuring expectant parents have access to care during this time, our state is giving moms and their babies the best possible start in life.” 

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[1] Petersen EE, Davis NL, Goodman D, et al. Vital Signs: Pregnancy-Related Deaths, United States, 2011–2015, and Strategies for Prevention, 13 States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:423–429. DOI: