March of Dimes Applauds Health Care Bill for Women and Newborns

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Even while working as the regional manager of Showplace Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Allison Haley Luffman finds time to support several good causes, including the March of Dimes, a charity foundation dedicated to helping improve the health of babies. Allison Haley Luffman supports the foundation and its mission to help prevent birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.

On March 3, 2016, the March of Dimes, together with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) celebrated the introduction of a bill called the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act. The bill aims to improve the value of maternity care, quality of care, and health outcomes of women and newborn children.

According to March of Dimes President, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, the legislation, which was authored by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), will address neglected areas of perinatal health care. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance program track the care that is delivered to adults and children. However, a dedicated set of measures does not exist to track the services that pregnant women and infants are provided.

The new legislation would require development and review of “mother and infant care” guidelines to ensure that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program offer high-quality services to this population. Additionally, the legislation will provide funding and maternity care to reduce hospital readmission rates, increase breastfeeding rates, and advance the appropriate use of cesarean section.