Health Care

Hochul proposes expanding paid leave to prenatal care

The New York governor announced the move as part of a proposal to address rising maternal and infant mortality rates.
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announces a package to address rising maternal and infant mortality rates, at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, on Thursday Jan. 4, 2024. (Screenshot of livestream posted to YouTube by the governor’s office)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Thursday proposed extending the paid maternity leave already offered in the state to cover prenatal health care visits.

The move would go beyond what the handful of policies adopted in other states in recent years have done, as universal paid family and medical leave has gained support throughout the political spectrum.

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