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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Affordable Care Act and Maternity Care

By June 29, 2012

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With the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) yesterday, there are numerous provision that will alter the care for women in pregnancy and beyond. Some of the big ones include that pre-exisiting conditions that are currently used against women, like a previous cesarean birth and being a victim of domestic violence, can't be used against them; extended coverage under medicaid for low and moderate income women to get basic maternity care; smoking cessation programs for pregnant women; expanded nurse midwifery payment; and others. Here are some places to find out more about how ACA will change coverage in pregnancy:

It is also important to note that while some of these provisions have already taken effect, others will not go into effect until 2014.

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