The Department of Health and Human Services, despite pressure from advocates and members of Congress, will not allow uninsured women to enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they become pregnant outside of the three-month window of open enrollment.
Beginning last year, advocates launched the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights on April 11 to ensure that combating the mistreatment women around the world face during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth becomes a matter of global importance.
Two bills with the power to significantly improve the health and lives of California’s women and children await Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing in the final days of the state’s legislative session.
The America’s Healthy Futures Act takes important steps to fix a broken system, but still fails miserably when it comes to making coverage affordable for those who need it most. We’ve waited long enough. The Senate needs to improve it and move it!