The Trump administration wants to let states extend Medicaid for pregnant women battling addiction so they would remain insured by the government a year after giving birth.
The request, of $25 million for 2021, was tucked into President Trump’s budget proposal released Monday. The addition may reflect the influence of first lady Melania Trump, who has visited healthcare facilities to draw attention to moms and babies born dependent on opioids.
The overall spending proposal, which presidents put out annually, is used as a starting point for negotiations and tends to be ignored by Congress as they deliberate on government spending. This particular provision, however, is likely