Pregnancy and Maternal Care Coverage Face Uncertain Future Amid GOP Attacks

According to advocates, those essential health benefits are just as important as coverage for pre-existing conditions for anyone who can become pregnant. “If you lose the whole set of consumer protections, including those essential health benefits, just adding [that] you can’t be denied because of pre-existing conditions doesn’t really help,” said Kelli Garcia, director of Reproductive Justice Initiatives at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), in an interview with Rewire.News. “If the Texas lawsuit prevails, anyone who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant could be in the position of being denied or not being able to purchase maternal benefits on the individual market.”