New legislation supports health of pregnant mothers and children
Women’s health is a top priority for House Democrats, and increasing access to affordable prenatal health care and education is no exception. With a few simple solutions, we can reduce complications from pregnancy and help mothers stay informed about everything they can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Later this week, members of Congress will vote on the NEWBORN Act. The Act will help mothers access affordable quality prenatal health care services and create a public education campaign to promote healthy pregnancies.
The NEWBORN Act builds on the benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act for moms and their kids. Through the Act, affordable health insurance will be more accessible for the estimated one in five women of childbearing age who are currently uninsured, and the following benefits will become available in new plans starting September 23, 2010:
- Well-baby and well-child visits, including a doctor’s visit every few months when your baby is young, and a visit every year until your child is age 21
- Special, pregnancy-tailored counseling from a doctor that will help pregnant women quit smoking and avoid alcohol use
- Screening for conditions that can harm pregnant women or their babies
- Counseling to support breast-feeding and help nursing mothers
For more health care resources for pregnant mothers, visit womenshealth.gov.