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November 3, 2010
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium
Drawing partly on insights gained as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow with the Senate Finance Committee, Dr. Miles will discuss the potential effects of national reforms on health care inequities, generally, and maternity care specifically.
Many employer sponsored health plans do not cover basic maternity care. In all states, Medicaid fills this gap. In Texas, 56% of all births are covered by Medicaid. Health reform contains several policies to directly address this health care inequity for middle and low wage workers. The lecture will describe the erosion of maternity coverage during the past 20 years and the new policies to reverse this trend. Dr. Miles will also describe the Fellows Program and will be available after the lecture to answer questions of faculty who might be interested in applying.
"Health Reform and Maternity Care Inequity: Old Barriers and New Benefits" is co-sponsored by CHASP and the Population Research Center (PRC).