Elisha Brown

Elisha Brown

Elisha Brown is the Reproductive Rights Today newsletter author at States Newsroom. She is based in Durham, North Carolina, where she previously worked as a reporter covering reproductive rights, policy and inequality for Facing South. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic and Vox. She attended American University in Washington, D.C., and was raised in South Carolina.

Black woman holding newborn baby in hospital bed

Postpartum Medicaid expansion is the first step to maternal health equity, experts say

By: - April 1, 2023

Arkansas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the United States: 43.5 deaths from 2018 to 2021 for every 100,000 live births, according to the latest federal data. But the state only extends postpartum Medicaid to 60 days after childbirth.  A bill in the state’s Legislature by Arkansas Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Knoxville, aims to change […]