Prenatal Care: The Conversation Continues

pregnancyIn March the Governor and the Department of Health and Human Services decided to stop a decades old policy of providing prenatal care to all low-income women and over 1,600 women and unborn children lost access to prenatal care. A simple administrative fix is still available to remedy this change and Appleseed and others will continue to push for a return to Nebraska’s long-standing policy of ensuring the health of all women and babies in the state.

In the meantime, the conversation about prenatal care in Nebraska continues in multiple places and ways, a testament to the importance Nebraskans place on the health and well-being of women and babies:

The need to continue the dialogue about prenatal care access is clear. Women need information about prenatal care and access to services. And we as Nebraskans need to continue to dialogue about ways we can make our values of family and community align with our state choices about care for women and babies.

Nebraska Appleseed is doing our part to continue the conversation as well. We will host a webinar sharing information and updates about the issue on June 24, 2010 at 12:00 noon. We invite you to participate!

Please join Appleseed Staff Attorney James Goddard to learn about how these legislative and administrative changes impact Nebraskans. We will share information on the most recent developments with LB 403, as well as alternate options for prenatal services and access to emergency services. We will also discuss next steps in debate about the prenatal care issue, including methods for tracking outcomes for women and babies. Please register and be a part of the conversation!

To register for the online event

  1. Go to http://bit.ly/anSEAb
  2. Click “Register”
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.

Also, see our “Questions and Answers: Medicaid Coverage of Prenatal Care for Pregnant Women”

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