This blog post is a part of NWLC’s Mother’s Day 2012 blog series. For all our Mother’s Day posts, please click here.
Many of my friends will celebrate their first Mother’s Day being a mom this year. Others have recently expanded their families or have a first child on the way.
I’m happy that all these kids were born after the health care law was passed – because that means my friends can be secure that their kids will have access to health care. That includes my friend Robyn, whose son Jax had to have heart surgery when he was only three months old. Without the health care law, Robyn would have to worry about Jax hitting a lifetime limit on his insurance or being denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition.
The health care law also improves the health of women – like my friend Robyn and all my friends who are new moms.
Preventive Care with No Cost Sharing for New and Expecting Moms
All new health plans are already providing preventive services – such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension screenings – with no cost sharing. Starting this August, the list of preventive services will expand to cover women’s health services including many services important to expecting and new moms. These services include:
More Access to Care for Moms and Their Kids
There are many more aspects of the health care law that help new moms. From expanding access to care to strengthening insurance coverage, moms and their kids will have more access to health care.
- Medicaid Expansion: By 2014, all states must open up their Medicaid programs to everyone with incomes below about $25,000 for a family of 3. This means that many moms who have their children covered through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but were not eligible for coverage themselves will no longer be uninsured. Expanded coverage means moms will be able to get the care they need so they can care for their kids.