What We're Reading: NH Delays Work Requirements; Benefits for Undocumented; Transplanted Uterus Birth

Amid fears of large coverage losses, New Hampshire is delaying its Medicaid work requirements; California has become the first state to offer Medicaid to young undocumented immigrants; physicians have delivered a healthy baby from the transplanted uterus of a deceased donor for the first time in the United States.

New Hampshire Delays Medicaid Work Requirements

New Hampshire is delaying its Medicaid work requirements for 120 days after nearly 18,000 people subject to the requirements were found to be noncompliant in its first month, likely because they were unaware of them. Governor Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, also signed a bill directing the state to stop the requirements if a significant amount of beneficiaries cannot be contacted, there aren’t enough work opportunities available in particular areas, or there is a lack of transportation or other supportive services, reported Modern Healthcare. The bill also requires the state to assess the effectiveness of the program based on how many people disenroll due to noncompliance, among other factors.

California Will Offer Health Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

Governor Gavin Newsom, D-California, has signed a bill to offer Medicaid to low-income adults 25 years and younger regardless of their immigration status, making California the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young undocumented immigrants. According to state officials, the plan is expected to cover 90,000 and cost $98 million. According to The Associated Press, the state already offers benefits for children 18 years and younger regardless of immigration status. Newsom and other Democratic leaders have signaled that they plan to further expand coverage in the coming years.

First US Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus of Dead Donor

A woman has delivered the first healthy baby in the United States from a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor, representing a promising milestone for women who are infertile as a result of uterine problems. The woman, who was born without a uterus, was enrolled in the Cleveland Clinic’s trial for women with uterine factor infertility, according to CNN. She elected to remove the transplanted uterus after the birth. This is the second time physicians have delivered a baby from a woman with a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor. In 2017, a woman enrolled in a Brazilian trial received a uterine transplant from a woman who died from a stroke.