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.
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This year, World Breastfeeding Week coincides with a major milestone for mothers: on August 1, the women’s preventive health provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) go into full effect. Every new insurance policy will now begin covering breastfeeding equipment and lactation support services without co-pays.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released an issue brief addressing Medicaid coverage of lactation services. It recommends:
Due to the multiple health benefits associated with breastfeeding, CMS encourages States to go beyond the requirement of solely coordinating and referring enrollees to the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)…and include lactation services as separately reimbursed pregnancy-related services.
In the Literature: San Francisco General Hospital implements skin-to-skin care in the operating room for mothers and infants after cesarean surgery
The improvement team altered the process of care in the operating room to enable routine, early skin-to-skin contact after cesarean birth, with the aim of increasing the success of breastfeeding initiation.
We wanted to design a center where the needs of the mother and the baby come first. A place where every aspect of care is based on supporting natural birth and breastfeeding.
HPC Community Doulas is a non profit 501(c) 3 maternal-infant agency dedicated to serve low income pregnant women receiving prenatal care at federally qualified health centers in Hudson County, NJ. Our grant is committed to reducing perinatal disparities in birth outcomes, so we offer free community doulas to pregnant women on Medicaid and/or enrolled in the WIC program.
The Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP) is a clinician-led data collection and analysis initiative that uses chart-abstracted data of the variables relating to the management of a pregnant woman who delivers in the state of Washington. Its goal is to ensure that all women in the state of Washington receive the same evidence-based obstetrical care. OB COAP gathers the intrapartum data needed to optimize management of labor and delivery.
Six educational sessions will be provided via teleconferencing through the University Of Arkansas Medical Sciences across the state of Arkansas to healthcare providers who have access to teleconferencing. The project is promoting breastfeeding in Arkansas and raising the standards.
Grant funds were acquired to implement a doula program for Crittenden Regional Hospital, a rural hospital in Arkansas. Trainings were established to train lay women to work in the program. Trainings were also provided for healthcare professionals to introduce gentle birth practices, and the role of a doula, and doulas working as part of the health care team.