New Funding: CMS Transforming Maternal Health (TMaH) Model Released

– Apply by September 20.  The TMaH Model’s primary focus is improving health outcomes for mothers and their infants who are enrolled in Medicaid and Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Under TMaH, selected state Medicaid agencies will receive targeted technical support to develop a whole-person approach to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care.  Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births nationally and covers a greater share of births in rural areas.  Rural residents have a 9 percent greater chance of experiencing severe maternal morbidity and mortality compared with urban residents.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects to award cooperative agreements to up to 15 state Medicaid agencies.