Texas will again receive matching federal funds for women’s health services through a Medicaid 1115 waiver Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, often don't go to the women who need them. A new state effort could change that. "We have such an excellent option here – an opportunity for patients to be able to self-direct their own contraception. And yet they can't get it for one reason or another," says Emily Briggs, MD.
Read the Public Health story in Texas Medicine.
State Effort CouldBoost LARC Access
Federal lawmakers must pass a bill that would allow states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to mothers who lose Medicaid coverage two months after giving birth, and would provide a bump in Medicaid matching dollars for those states, medicine and others said in a letter this week.
The virus that causes rubella often appears deceptively mild — so mild in fact that one-quarter to half of people infected with it will have no symptoms at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Council on Science and Public Health and the Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health are joining with the Council on Legislation, and the Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured to convene the Maternal Health Congress on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at TMA. Recognizing the complex social, medical, economic, and public health issues associated with poor maternal health, TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas formed this physician-led congress to build a legislative platform on maternal health in time for the 86th legislative session. Invited TMA members and health care organizations will begin the day with presentations on key topics related to maternal health and then convene for a working lunch and reference committee hearing.
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Improving birth outcomes not only enhances the lives of babies, mothers, and their families, but also can yield substantial savings, particularly to publicly financed programs such as Medicaid, which covers 53 percent of all Texas births.
TMA's Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Resources
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 0 Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) – patient safety and quality improvement
Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care – Patient Safety Bundles
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative
Every Mother Counts Collaborative
Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina
You can help make long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) available to all Texas women with the help of a new toolkit developed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas district of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist.
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