PA benefits from supporting new moms at home and in the workplace

Saving and even improving the Affordable Care Act is an important step toward making sure Pennsylvania is putting you first, and helping our families and our communities thrive

 

If you're the mother of an infant, you know how challenging life with a new baby can be.

 

The healthcare services and protections provided by the Affordable Care Act have been important for you and your baby -- and the rest of your family.

 

Democrats in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are extremely concerned about Republican efforts to move ahead with repeal of the law.

 

Recently, Illinois U.S. Rep. John Shimkus questioned why men should have to help pay for prenatal care.

 

This attitude isn’t surprising given that time and time again, Republicans have threatened protections and healthcare services for women and their children.

 

Rolling back the Affordable Care Act will have widespread consequences not just for you, as a pregnant woman or new mom, but also for your child, for taxpayers and the economy.

 

The average cost of maternity and newborn care in the U.S. ranges from $30,000 to $50,000.

 

Before the ACA, these costs were a huge barrier to quality care for millions of women during pregnancy and the postnatal period. 

 

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, getting good prenatal care saves money you may have to otherwise spend on addressing complex medical issues later on.

 

The ACA also requires health plans to cover screenings for the depression that some pregnant women and new moms experience, and helps breastfeeding mothers return to work sooner by making breast pumps free and requiring employers to allow new moms time and a private place that isn’t a bathroom to pump breastmilk.

 

These provisions are important to your health, and promote the long-term wellness of your new baby and the rest of your family.

 

Pennsylvania benefits from supporting pregnant women and new moms at home and in the workplace.

 

Making sure women have affordable access to the prenatal and postnatal care they need results in healthy mothers, children and families.

 

Supporting new moms in the workplace allows all of us to benefit from the valuable skills they have to offer our economy and the financial support that makes our families secure.

 

A healthcare system in Pennsylvania that works for everyone -- not just the insurance companies and the wealthy -- must include the healthcare services and workplace protections that are important to all pregnant women and new moms. Every public official in Pennsylvania should be working to preserve and expand them.

 

That’s why saving and even improving the Affordable Care Act is an important step toward making sure Pennsylvania is putting you first, and helping our families and our communities thrive.