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US Healthcare Financing Changes and Pregnant Women

For readers interested in the changing US Healthcare Financing and its effects on pregnant women:  two resources for you this week.

First, the MACPAC (Federal group that reviews the state Medicaid and CHIP access) put out a report to congress in March.  You can view the report here: Report to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The third chapter is about pregnancy coverage, and that starts on page 41 of the document.

Why do I think this is interesting?  Because the report highlights some of the challenges midwives have working with the Medicaid program – a program that pays for nearly half the births in the US (Here’s an article about it). What are these challenges?  The program receives federal and state funding, and states do have to meet minimum requirements.  But this leaves a system where women in different states received different types of coverage, and have different eligibility criteria.  This is why you may find the women in your state have such a different experience than the women another midwife works with in a different state.

 

Second, the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) is hosting a webinar this week all about the changes we can expect in women’s health due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This is just one of a series of webinars about the ACA, so take a look at the offerings and sign up to get answers to common questions. You can access the webinar series here:  NACPM Resources

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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