Rosen Co-Sponsors Healthy MOM Act, Calls for Special Health Care Enrollment Period for Pregnant Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced her co-sponsorship of the Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (MOM) Act. This legislation ensures that women who are pregnant can sign up for health care coverage, outside of standard open enrollment periods.

“Expectant mothers should not have to worry about whether they will be able to get access to health care or whether they will receive coverage during their pregnancy,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m supporting the MOM Act to provide greater access to care for Nevada’s expectant mothers and give them the peace of mind they deserve during their pregnancy. I will continue working on commonsense policy that protects and improves the health of all Nevadans.”

BACKGROUND: The bill would establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for expectant mothers. Currently, life events such as marriage, divorce, having a baby, adoption and changing jobs are considered qualifying life events that trigger a special enrollment period. The bill also ensures 12-month continuous coverage for pregnant and postpartum women covered under Medicaid and CHIP.

This legislation is supported by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), March of Dimes, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the American College of Nurse Midwives.