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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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 ACA identifies a core set of ten categories to be included in the EHB, one of which is maternity and newborn care. For most categories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not specified what must be covered; the Department issued a pre-rule bulletin allowing states to select their EHB package from a list of options.
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.
This webinar discusses the rigorous, multi-stakeholder process for developing the 2020 Vision and Blueprint for Action and presents various Blueprint recommendations. Guest expert Alina Salganicoff, Vice President and Director, Women’s Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, reviews the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will affect childbearing women, newborns, and the maternity care system.