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Delaware Section report

Dr. Kirsten M. SmithKirsten M. Smith, MD, section chair

The Delaware Section was represented by six members at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, in Washington, DC, March 3–5. Our Third Annual Legislative Day will be held on June 6 in Dover. An evening educational event will follow, sponsored by the section and the Delaware Chapter of the March of Dimes.

By holding this event in Dover, we hope to attract health care providers from the northern and southern parts of Delaware. The evening topic is under discussion and will be decided soon. In addition to a formal presentation, we plan to provide information about resources and programs available for members to facilitate communication with the state for the benefit of Delaware residents and our patients.

Maureen Whelihan, MD, from the Center for Sexual Health and Education in West Palm Beach, FL, presented a talk on November 1, at a Delaware Section event. The event was open to general membership and was successful in attracting a diverse group of practitioners.

The Maternal Mortality Review Committee met on February 25. After the presentation and discussion of several maternal death cases, Anna Marie B. D’Amico, MD, past District III chair, spoke on maternal mortality review in the US. The next committee meeting will occur in the fall.

Delaware is working to set up its health insurance exchange, a central place to shop for health insurance. Essential health benefits—benefits that must be offered without an annual or lifetime dollar limit—will fall under these 10 service categories: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care. Detailed information regarding the specific benefits in each of these categories is not yet available.



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