Widespread discriminatory practices create barriers for women to obtain coverage for maternity care services in private insurance markets. Among low-income women, many are eligible for Medicaid coverage only during their pregnancy, leading to delays in care and lack of coverage for critical early prevention and adequate follow-up in the postpartum period. Lack of consensus on a comprehensive package of essential maternity services leads to missed opportunity to deliver effective, high-value services and the wastefulness of delivering services that are ineffective, compare unfavorably with other options, or are provided outside of supported indications.
- Identify an essential package of evidence-based maternity care services for healthy childbearing women and newborns, and additional essential services of benefit to women and newborns with special needs.
- Carry out research to evaluate the comparative effectiveness and safety of priority maternity services that require further evidence before they can be considered for inclusion in the essential services list.
- Use determinations about comparative effectiveness of maternity services to make coverage decisions and improve the quality of maternity care.
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- Find ongoing projects related to the scope of covered services for maternity care.
- Browse our bibliography of studies and reports related to the scope of covered services for maternity care.