One of our Perinatal Partners is the March of Dimes. NYSPA supports March of Dimes President, Stacey Stewart in her following statement issued on February 17, 2017:
I released the attached statement this evening in response to comments made today by Seema Verma during her Senate confirmation hearing. She is the nominee to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and indicated that health insurers should not have to cover maternity care under all plans.
This cuts right to the heart of what the March of Dimes stands for in terms of access to care. As we all know -
· Women and their partners should be able to make decisions about starting a family based on what’s right for them, not the restrictions in their insurance coverage.
· Approximately half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, meaning that some women will choose a plan that lacks critical coverage they later find they need.
· Lack of maternity care coverage would likely lead to maternal or infant deaths, preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes.