File #: 160121    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/11/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/18/2016
Title: Urging Congress to pass the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act, otherwise known as the Healthy MOM Act.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 16012100.pdf, 2. Signature16012100.pdf
Urging Congress to pass the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act, otherwise known as the Healthy MOM Act.

WHEREAS, According to the Department of Public Health's most recent Vital Statistics Report, 23,157 babies were born in the City of Philadelphia during 2012, making pregnancy one of the City's most common healthcare concerns; and

WHEREAS, Women who become pregnant must, under current provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), wait until their baby is born before they can enroll in a new health care plan. For many mothers, this means that they may not be able to access the care their babies require at all; and

WHEREAS, Premature births are associated with a variety future health problems, many of which can be prevented or mitigated through prenatal medical treatments, according to a 2012 letter drafted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and

WHEREAS, A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that a lack of prenatal care is associated with a 40% increase in the risk of newborn death; and

WHEREAS, Limited access to prenatal care has disproportionately affected minorities and low-income communities, according to data gathered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in 2013; and

WHEREAS, The House Subcommittee on Health has found that a "special enrollment period is especially important for young adults, who are at high risk for unintended pregnancies," and who often lack proper healthcare coverage; and

WHEREAS, The outcomes of pregnancy are greatly affected by the mother's access to healthcare and can have profound adverse effects on the health of both mother and child; and

WHEREAS, Pregnancy is not currently listed, under the provisions of the ACA, as a "major life event" which would allow for an immediate health coverage enrollment; and

WHEREAS, The Healthy MOM Act seeks to alleviate unjust disparities in health care access by providing newly-pr...

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