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Baby Your Baby ensures pregnant women get vital, cost effective prenatal care…

 Proposed Medicaid Budget Cuts Have Life-Changing Consequences
When Melissa was a sophomore in college, she got pregnant. She didn’t have health insurance, a job, or family support to lean on. In addition, she struggled with her own health. Feeling unprepared and lost, Melissa was referred to the Baby Your Baby Program. “For me and my daughter it made a huge difference. I had quite a few complications early on,” confides Melissa.

The Baby Your Baby Program provides cost –effective pre-natal care to low-income women. This program is designed to reduce Utah’s infant mortality rate by facilitating healthy pregnancy outcomes. For Melissa and her daughter, the program was a true blessing. Within three months of giving birth, Melissa was able to return to school and work, both on a full-time basis.
“With the help of the Baby Your Baby Program, I was able to get my life back on track and have a healthy, beautiful daughter,” says Melissa.

Women gain with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

1. Cheaper premiums. The health reform law bans insurance companies from charging women more than men for insurance coverage. Research has shown that a whopping 95 percent of insurance companies use "gender rating" to charge women more than men for the same coverage for individual policies. For 60 percent of plans, a 40-year-old female who doesn't smoke will pay more for her policy than a 40-year-old male who does smoke. This practice will be reversed in 2014 when the insurance exchanges open.

2. Guaranteed coverage for mammograms and Pap smears. The women's preventive health amendment in the Health Reform Law ensures that women will be entitled to coverage for a wide range of screening services, including breast exams, mammograms, and Pap smears.

3. Maternity care. Many private insurance companies don't offer it, but, starting in 2014, they'll be required to. They'll also have to cover newborn care, pediatric services (including dental and vision care), and mental health services like postpartum depression screening.

4. Better working conditions for nursing mothers. During the first year after giving birth, nursing mothers who work will be entitled to unpaid "reasonable break times" throughout the day to pump their milk. (The number and length of the breaks haven't been defined but could be addressed in a rule issued by the Department of Labor.) Employers now need to provide women a private place, other than a bathroom, to use a breast pump. The provision does, however, exempt companies with fewer than 50 workers if the requirement would impose an "undue hardship."

5. Easier access to insurance. Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This is a particular boon to women who have been denied for such things as having a previous C-section or being a victim of domestic violence.