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Capitol Health Call
April 14, 2015

Senators Urge Special Enrollment Period for Pregnant Women

JAMA. 2015;313(14):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3006

Three dozen Democratic senators wrote Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on March 3 to urge her to institute a special open enrollment period for women to enroll in health coverage when they learn they are pregnant (http://1.usa.gov/1MbIRdJ).

Under the Affordable Care Act, women could be left uninsured and without access to maternity care if they become pregnant outside of the open enrollment period. “Good maternity care is essential for the well-being of children, and studies show that maternal mortality rates are 3 to 4 times higher for women who do not receive prenatal care,” the senators wrote.