SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, MassHealth shall seek approval and federal financial participation through a demonstration waiver under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act as codified at 42 U.S.C. section 1315 to extend MassHealth Standard coverage to pregnant and postpartum residents of the commonwealth who are eligible through Title XIX and Title XXI of the Social Security Act to 12 months following the end of the pregnancy plus an additional period extending to the end of the month in which the 12 month period ends, regardless of any change in the resident’s family income.
(b) Should MassHealth receive federal approval under section (a), the same level and duration of medical assistance shall be made available to pregnant and postpartum residents of the commonwealth not otherwise eligible for benefits under Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act or under the demonstration approved in section (a) solely due to immigration status. Benefits provided under this section shall not be contingent upon the availability of federal financial participation for this population.
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