Postpartum Care Expansion for Medi-Cal and MCAP Beneficiaries

Originally published January 6, 2022
Republished June 8, 2022

As part of the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA), effective April 1, 2022, an individual eligible for pregnancy and postpartum care services under Medi-Cal or the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) is entitled to an additional ten months of postpartum coverage at the end of their 60-day postpartum period for a total 12 months of postpartum coverage. This coverage shall include the full breadth of medically necessary services through the pregnancy and postpartum period.

With this expansion, eligibility for the 12 months of postpartum coverage is granted to any individual in an aid code where postpartum services are a covered benefit.

For more information regarding the ARPA postpartum care expansion (PCE), see the Pregnancy web page on the Medi-Cal Providers website. The web page includes flyers that may be distributed to beneficiaries eligible for the ARPA PCE benefit.

This article was originally published on September 16, 2021. It has been republished to continue to bring it to providers’ attention. No additional updates have been made since the original publication.

Questions concerning this expansion of postpartum care should be sent to pregnancy@dhcs.ca.gov.