Since our last update, legislatures and governors throughout the country have taken exciting action on state earned income tax credits (EITC), paid family leave, Medicaid expansion, extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage, and child care subsidies. Today, we bring you an update from the states!
The majority of state legislative sessions remain in full swing. However, nine states (Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming) have adjourned sine die. One state (Louisiana) has not yet started their 2023 legislative session. In this post, we offer a sample of legislative action in states throughout the country.
State Earned Income Tax Credits
Following in Michigan’s footsteps, states continue to make exciting progress on state EITCs:
Paid Family Leave
Paid family leave remains a hot topic. States continue to introduce legislation to adopt statewide programs to give parents time off work to bond with a new child while receiving a portion of their wages:
Rather than statewide programs, some states are considering paid family leave programs for state employees only.
Medicaid Expansion and Postpartum Extension
Last week, North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid when Governor Roy Cooper signed H.B. 76 into law. The bill contains a provision requiring the state legislature to enact a FY2024 state budget before Medicaid expansion can be implemented.
In addition, several states are considering legislation to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage. States now have the permanent option to extend Medicaid coverage for eligible mothers from 60 days to 12 months after the birth a child.
Child Care Subsidies
In an effort to more fully support children and families, several states are looking to bolster child care subsidy programs by waiving family copayments, increasing provider reimbursement rates, and expanding eligibility.
We will continue to post state policy updates on our blog through May and June. Our team of over 30 researchers, policy experts, data analysts, and communicators closely tracks state action in early care and learning, child and parent health, and economic and family supports.
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