What They’re Watching: Rep. Rosemary Lesser, Utah House of Representatives


Eli Kirshbaum


During our “What They’re Watching” interview with Rep. Rosemary Lesser (D – Ogden) at our Utah conference earlier this year, the lawmaker described a bill she’s working on during the interim and plans to present in next year’s legislative session.


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The legislation would increase postpartum Medicaid coverage in the state from 60 days to 1 year after birth, as well as raise the income threshold for Medicaid coverage of prenatal care.

“In our state, we realize that the medical and mental health complications that are a result of pregnancy often extend beyond that 60-day mark and leave women in the lurch … More than 20 other states have extended coverage to the 1-year mark, and I’d love to see that in Utah.”