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house Bill H.R. 4996

Should Medicaid Cover a Year of Postpartum Care for Moms?

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Maternal mortality has worsened in the U.S. over the past decades, and poor postpartum care, particularly for low-income moms, is one culprit. Extending postpartum care under Medicaid to a year, rather than the current 60 days, would help address preventable maternal deaths and improve maternal health overall.

jimK's Opinion
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09/29/2020
More and more cases are being made for universal healthcare and healthcare services that benefit the all of us. Hey, maybe with all of our great medical expertise, the latest proven medical devices, the world leading medical scientists; maybe we can get our population to began to meet the same health metrics met by many other countries world wide, instead of being way down the lists on things like life expectancy, infant mortality, deaths preventable by early medical treatment and others. The best solution for postpartum care would be universal healthcare.
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Leslie's Opinion
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09/29/2020
Yes! Being Pro-life means supporting mothers and children. To not is only Pro-birth! @Robert: Medicaid eligibility requirements eliminate many. It varies by state & the number of children ranging from an income less than $13K to $57K (with 8 children) deemed to be below the poverty line, be a US citizen, resident of the state filing in, within an age range & pregnancy status. Medicaid currently covers about 13M woman age 15-44. https://www.policygenius.com/blog/a-state-by-state-guide-to-medicaid/ https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/index.html https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/medicaid-works-for-women-but-proposed-cuts-would-have-harsh-disproportionate-impact
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/29/2020
I’d rather spend my taxes on new moms than new wars. Let’s stop buying the broken F-35 and pay for this instead. Up to three kids. @bullmom So what? Your complaint commoditizes human life to make someone’s “value” based only on how much money make. Real moral. What a fine example of “Christianity”.
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Argument opposed

This legislation is unnecessary, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and states already have the ability to expand access to postpartum care under Medicaid without federal legislative action if they believe it’s beneficial to do so.

FieryFierce's Opinion
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09/29/2020
I do not agree with a year. I do agree with extending for 90 days with education in how to care for your child at home along with vaccination education, etc.
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Diana's Opinion
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09/29/2020
iF YOU PAID FOR BIRTH CONTROL FOR SOME OF THESE WOMEN THEN THEY WOULDN'T BE HAVING BABIES!!!! OH THAT'S RIGHT YOUR TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PLANNED PARENT HOOD!!!
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Guy's Opinion
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09/29/2020
Care should be capped at a certain number of visits or a set dollar amount.
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    More and more cases are being made for universal healthcare and healthcare services that benefit the all of us. Hey, maybe with all of our great medical expertise, the latest proven medical devices, the world leading medical scientists; maybe we can get our population to began to meet the same health metrics met by many other countries world wide, instead of being way down the lists on things like life expectancy, infant mortality, deaths preventable by early medical treatment and others. The best solution for postpartum care would be universal healthcare.
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    I do not agree with a year. I do agree with extending for 90 days with education in how to care for your child at home along with vaccination education, etc.
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    Yes! Being Pro-life means supporting mothers and children. To not is only Pro-birth! @Robert: Medicaid eligibility requirements eliminate many. It varies by state & the number of children ranging from an income less than $13K to $57K (with 8 children) deemed to be below the poverty line, be a US citizen, resident of the state filing in, within an age range & pregnancy status. Medicaid currently covers about 13M woman age 15-44. https://www.policygenius.com/blog/a-state-by-state-guide-to-medicaid/ https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/index.html https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/medicaid-works-for-women-but-proposed-cuts-would-have-harsh-disproportionate-impact
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    I’d rather spend my taxes on new moms than new wars. Let’s stop buying the broken F-35 and pay for this instead. Up to three kids. @bullmom So what? Your complaint commoditizes human life to make someone’s “value” based only on how much money make. Real moral. What a fine example of “Christianity”.
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    Better idea: Medicare for All & get rid of Medicaid altogether! Then yes cover postpartum care for moms...all moms! Do it cheaper & with better outcomes.
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    Why the hell wouldn't they and....it seems that the "Pro life" party would certainly want this.
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    Yes, postpartum depression is a concern for mothers, as is the disproportionality high mortality rate of black babies and their mothers. Medicaid should fully cover healthcare for mothers in the first year of a child's life to be sure both the baby and the mother are thriving and have a good start.
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    Why should lower income women and their children have less access to care than those who are more fortunate and more affluent? This one is just a no brainer. This is good for the whole of society, not just the recipients.
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    If we are going to be pro-life, it’s time we take care of the moms, so they in turn can care for the babies.
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    Should be part of planned Parenthood, they are best to handle this and other thing, Also healthcare for all. If you combine all the support organizations, this could stream line, make them more efficient and cost less!
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    We are number one in several things in this country however preforming so badly in maternal health care is a National disgrace. Being #1 in postpartum deaths in developed nations shows a lack of priority for women’s and infants healthcare in this country. You want to be pro-life? This is where you should start.
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    The argument about what states COULD do lacks merit. Clearly some states will never offer services that are not required. This is a Federal program, and while administered by the states, requires Federal standards as a minimum. A requirement of one year maternal coverage is not unreasonable, and ensures that the first critical year of a qualified child's life and that period when the mother is at greatest risk will include medical support.
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    Medicare should cover every American and do away with the real death panels, the insurance company’s.
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    Civilized societies in this world already do this or something similar. That says a lot about us in the United States. What do you value? Money or people? War or children? It’s not a both-and solution.
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    Of course!!!
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    Until that glorious day when we join the rest of the world in providing healthcare for all then this is needed. Healthy infants grow into better citizens who are more productive. Healthy moms nurture healthy infants.
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    Awkward responding to this as a male member of society. I think all children deserve a fair shot at life. They didn’t ask to be born. Hopefully parents are prepared to do the job but assistance should be readily available if needed. But I might limit it to two? Messy topic.
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    iF YOU PAID FOR BIRTH CONTROL FOR SOME OF THESE WOMEN THEN THEY WOULDN'T BE HAVING BABIES!!!! OH THAT'S RIGHT YOUR TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PLANNED PARENT HOOD!!!
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    Most certainly. A newborn in the USA should get a healthy head start, don’t you agree?
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    As you can see I'm not a woman. I can't have children naturally. But, one thing in common is, DEPRESSION! I've been trying to overcome this depression for 20+ years(42 yrs of age). I am a human guinea pig. And, nothing works/worked/ working. PPD, goes away if treated right away and correctly. But, I've been suffering for much longer. I can't imagine having to take care of a newborn baby, in that state of mind(that nobody knows, until they experience it themselves!) If one thing I learned in 42 years on this spinning ball of water, shaped like a sphere; YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT, UNLESS YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH IT. BOTTOM LINE. So, stop telling people you understand, when you have never been through a situation that is even similar to. Just have empathy. BBLU
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