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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.

Read the National Perinatal Association's position statement on Healthcare Reform


NPA members can subscribe to the  Journal of Perinatology at the discounted rate of $75 (retail $195) . 

Don't  miss our  State-of-the-Art article: The Neonatal Intensive Parenting Unit: An Introduction.” 

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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. 

Please contact our Speakers' Bureau if you'd like to organize a presentation for your institution or organization.


Updated for 2017:  Learn more about protecting fragile infants from RSV


New See NPA's new Interdisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Women Presenting to the Emergency Department with Pregnancy Loss.


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


Did you know? NPA's  Family Advocacy Network (FAN) now hosts quarterly webinars in partnership with the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA) 


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


National Perinatal Association 2018 Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Prevention Clinical Practice Guideline: An Evidence-Based Interdisciplinary Collaboration

“Over the course of the last several years, the proportion of infants eligible for RSV prophylaxis who have actually received 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 increased hospitalization.” 

Read past articles.

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