Guidelines for States on Maternity Care In the Essential Health Benefits Package

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, including qualified health plans sold through health insurance exchanges, provide at least the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package.

The National Partnership for Women & Families and Childbirth Connection urge states to use the guidelines below in selecting an EHB package to ensure the coverage will provide sufficient quality maternity care.

Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Thu., Aug 9, 2012

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2 Responses to “Guidelines for States on Maternity Care In the Essential Health Benefits Package”

  1. Debbie Pease says:

    Does “comfort measures” include paying for a doula? I would think that if they can pay for an epidural, they ought to be able to pay for a doula. And wouldn’t it be awesome if reimbursement for post-partum doulas was part of this equation?

    Labor and delivery
     Comfort measures and anesthesia services;
     Care for pregnancy-related complications; and
     Care in facility appropriate for patient’s maternal-fetal risk.

  2. Amy Romano Amy Romano says:

    Doulas are well supported by evidence for proving comfort and improving health outcomes, so we would hope many states would consider doulas in their EHBs.