Republicans’ Health-Care Plans Could Put Premature Babies and Other Vulnerable Children at Risk

With Senate Republicans threatening to push their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a vote before Independence Day, the future of U.S. health care is uncertain. Although the Senate is being secretive about its version of the bill, the extensive proposed changes in the House’s version could roll back many gains from the last eight years of health-care policy, particularly when it comes to protecting the welfare of babies.

Today, private insurers and Medicaid alike are required to provide coverage to pregnant people and infants. The nature of that coverage may be about to shift, however, making it more difficult for individuals to obtain prenatal care, and for premature and low birth weight babies to access the hospital care and early childhood resources they need. The party of “pro-life” values, it seems, is unwilling to safeguard the health of some of the most vulnerable children.

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