Position Statement: Health Care Reform
NPA Supports Efforts that Improve Our Healthcare System
NPA stands with the American Medical Association (AMA) in supporting healthcare reform. Current reform efforts brought about through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have increased health insurance coverage for approximately 20 million individuals and expanded coverage for young adults and children with preexisting health conditions. The ACA promotes preventative care, increases access to out of network emergency services and permits consumer autonomy in the selection of healthcare providers. In addition, the ACA offers patient protections related to maintenance of health coverage and rising costs. Healthcare reform expanded Medicaid insurance coverage to 33 states.
The expansion of Medicaid extended health insurance eligibility and increased insurance coverage to economically vulnerable individuals, pregnant women and families. This is important because we know that these individuals and families suffer from social determinants of health and have disproportionate healthcare needs and poor outcomes related to unequal access and quality of care. NPA believes that the accomplishments made in healthcare reform have improved overall health outcomes.
As an organization built to align multidisciplinary decision-making, collaborative problem-solving and innovative teaching, NPA recognizes the need for interdisciplinary discussion, reflective planning, and disclosure of transparent and viable options when pursing ongoing healthcare reform.
NPA promotes the rights of vulnerable pregnant women, children and families to receive quality healthcare services regardless of socioeconomic status. NPA supports multifaceted, pragmatic and evidence-based approaches to improving care and promoting health and wellbeing for the perinatal population.
We are proud to share NPA's
Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents
In January 2014, the National Perinatal Association convened a group of thought leaders and stakeholders - neonatologists, obstetricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, developmental care specialists, psychologists, social workers, public health experts, parent support group leaders and parents - to develop interdisciplinary guidelines for psychosocial support services for parents whose infants are hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
This group convened with the common purpose of improving the level of psychosocial support provided to NICU parents as well as improving training and support for those who provide care in NICUs.The products of this interdisciplinary endeavor are:
You can download the Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents here, without the supporting narrative and references.
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Updated for 2017: Learn more about protecting fragile infants from RSV
New Read our Position Statement on Perinatal Substance Use.
Review NPA's position on Healthcare Reform.
See our resources for promoting the psychosocial support of NICU families and staff, including a Free Download of our booklet, Starting and Sustaining a Peer Support Program for NICU Parents when you visit support4NICUparents.org.
The Development of New Pharmacological Therapies for Infants - The National Perinatal Association’s Position of Support for Senate Bill S.2041 - Promoting Life-Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act of 2016 by Sue Hall, MD; Raylene Phillips, MD; Vincent C. Smith, MD; Cris Glick, MD; Mitchell Goldstein, MD; T. Allen Merritt, MD
From the Archives
“Over the course of the
last several years, the
proportion of infants
eligible for RSV
prophylaxis who have
palivizumab has decreased
as providers and insurers
have increasingly followed
guidelines that are not in
compliance with the Food
and Drug Administration
indication resulting in
needless morbidity and