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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II

 

Urges the New York State Legislature to Ensure Prenatal Care is covered for all Pregnant Women

 

Albany, NY – June 15, 2015 - Time is running out! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II calls on the New York State legislature to act before session ends to ensure all pregnant women can obtain health insurance, by designating pregnancy as a "qualifying life event" and allowing for a special enrollment period.

Legislators have multiple bills before them that would designate pregnancy as a "qualifying life event." All of these bills remove access barriers to insurance coverage currently prohibited by law and provide pregnant women access to health insurance. We support the passage of any of these bills as they will allow and encourage the initiation of prenatal care in a timely manner.

ACOG guidelines strongly advise women to begin prenatal care as soon as they know they are pregnant. Routine prenatal visits are essential for ob-gyns to identify, assess, and manage a pregnant woman's risk for health-related issues, including preterm labor.

Lack of prenatal care place both women and their babies at an increased risk for complications and death. Maternal mortality is three to four times higher among women who do not receive prenatal care. While babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to be of low birth weight, and infant mortality is five times more likely. ACOG DII calls on the Senate and Assembly to protect New York's women and newborns by passing "same as" legislation designating pregnancy as a "qualifying life event."

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents over 4,000 members who deliver health care to New York's women. Our Albany office offers its resources as a scientific and educational organization dedicated to quality health care for women. Our commitment to professional excellence, combined with our choice to be a strong public advocate for New York women, has made District II one of the state's most trusted and credible voices on all aspects of health care for women.

 

Contact Information: 518-436-3461  info@ny.acog.org  |  www.acogny.org

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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