Perinatal insurance coverage and behavioural health-related maternal mortality

Lindsay K. Admon, Kara Zivin, Katy B. Kozhimannil

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Increases in postpartum maternal deaths, including a substantial number associated with behavioural health conditions, are a public health crisis and have contributed to overall increases in maternal mortality. A leading hypothesis to explain this pattern suggests lack of availability or continuity of resources for behavioural health treatment after delivery, often secondary to lapses in insurance coverage. Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage through the first year postpartum could mitigate excess morbidity and mortality among postpartum individuals, particularly those with behavioural health conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-556
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number6
Early online dateJun 7 2021
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The present research was financially supported by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Zivin's and Dr. Admon's work was funded by R01MH120124. The present research was also financially supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dr. Admon's work was funded by 1K08HS027640.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Institute of Psychiatry and Johns Hopkins University.


  • Maternal mortality
  • behavioural health
  • health insurance
  • postpartum
  • pregnancy


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