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 announce 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.
Click here to view the full set of articles with references in the Supplement to the December, 2015 issue of Journal of Perinatology.
NEW NICU RESOURCES:
NEW INFOGRAPHICS on PERINATAL SUBSTANCE USE and NAS: The NPA advocates for better care for all families during the perinatal period, including those affected by substance use. Download our new infographics and use them to help reframe the public health conversation around substance use and NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome).
RSV UPDATE: As RSV season winds down, we'd like to share recently published SENTINEL1 data that reaffirms the burden of severe RSV disease among high-risk preterm infants. See NPA's Evidence-Based Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention Guidelines for U.S. Children. Share these infographics and facebook posts.NPA's Family Advocacy Network (FAN) now hosts quarterly webinars in partnership with the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA)
Find out more.
From NPA's Archives:
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
Psychosocial Support for Perinatal Substance Use: Mothers and Their Newborns by Cheryl A. Milford, EdS
“The use of prescription pain relievers has increased significantly in the last 15 years, with 4.3 million people in the United States using opioid medications in 2014. While there will always be a place for the appropriate use of prescription pain relievers, the use of opioid medications as a substance of abuse has become a major public health concern.”