Gaps In Maternity Coverage For Some Women Could Grow Under Health Law : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

There’s been a lot of controversy over the health care overhaul’s requirement that most health plans this month to start covering contraceptive services for women as a free preventive benefit.

But that requirement may prevent some young women from falling into a coverage gap of a different kind: no maternity coverage.

Individual health insurance policies have long been criticized by women’s health advocates for their frequent failure to cover maternity benefits for women. According to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center, only 12 percent of plans in the individual market provide maternity coverage.

Gaps In Maternity Coverage For Some Women Could Grow Under Health Law : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.

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2 thoughts on “Gaps In Maternity Coverage For Some Women Could Grow Under Health Law : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

  1. Pardon the language I am about to drop here, but I am pretty fucking sick of this. Being a woman in the “greatest” country on Earth keeps getting more complicated. I lamented, er, moaned and whined about this earlier this summer. Being a woman in America is tough enough as it is with our still obnoxiously broad earning gap from men and politicians trying to bamboozle, hoodwink and switcheroo their way into forcing me to breast feed instead of bottle feed in the hospital post-partum. I don’t need to deal with any more crap. This sucks. Just my two foul-mouthed cents. Sorry. This really gets a bee buzzing in my bonnet. thanks for the info, though!

    http://offdutymom.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/should-i-move-to-australia/

  2. as a doula I have both seen and learned the benefits of breastfeeding, however, I do maintain the opinion that it is a woman’s choice as to whether or not she breastfeeds. What I have seen in the hospitals is usually the opposite-women who want to breastfeed and are often not receiving the support that they need for their choice. thanks for your comment

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