There's been some pushback lately about including maternity care in the “essential health benefit” package mandated by the ACA. No one suggests that maternity care is not essential to maternal and infant health; rather, the issue is who should pay for it. What is missing from the debate is any reference to our present state of maternity care.
New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, MD, MPH gave the Samuel Martin III Memorial Lecture yesterday at the Leonard Davis Institute, and described New York’s ongoing plans to improve health outcomes while containing the growth of Medicaid costs. The investments might surprise you, as they lie beyond the usual borders of the health care system. Shah calls it the Health-In-All-Policies Approach.
Cross-posted on The Field Clinic blog at philly.com
In just six days, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces will open their virtual doors and the next phase of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin. The Obama Administration, recognizing that the ACA holds particular relevance for the LGBT community, recently held a briefing at the White House for LGBT leaders across the US. I attended and represented the new Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health.
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave these opening remarks to set the stage for the day:
"How'm I doin?" Ed Koch, longtime mayor of New York City, would ask his constituency. "Am I doin’ all right?" Koch understood the importance of taking stock, assessing progress, and changing directions if need be.