For many people, the new year brings open enrollment periods for health benefits. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) that went into effect last August will catch up with many more Americans as the new health plan year begins. Most notably, more and more of us will benefit from access to preventive health services with no copays. All new plans will now provide coverage for breastfeeding support and supplies, gestational diabetes screening, and domestic violence screening and counseling, along with other services like well woman visits and contraception. The full list and more information to help understand these benefits is available from the National Women’s Law Center. Learn more about provisions in the Affordable Care Act that impact maternity care in the Childbirth Connection article, U.S. Health Care Reform Legislation Offers Major New Benefits for Childbearing Women and Newborns.
Check out the video below to hear Karen Davenport, Director of Health Policy at the NWLC, discuss the new breastfeeding benefits.