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Health Insurance for Women

January 27, 2015

Enroll in a Health Plan

The Marketplace is now open for 2015! Get health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace until February 15, 2015 and learn about no-cost preventive services available to women. If you already have coverage through the Marketplace, learn about Coverage to Care and other resources to help you navigate the health care system.

In the Marketplace, you can:

  • compare different plans based on price, benefits, quality, and other features important to you.
  • choose a combination of price and benefits that fit your budget and meet your needs.

Most people are eligible for health coverage through the Marketplace, which is available in every state.

Get Preventive Screenings and Services

Women's Preventive Health Services

Health insurance plans now allow women to get care for a host of preventive services for women. Marketplace plans (and many other plans) must offer these services at no cost to you. This means there is no charge for copayments or coinsurance, even if you haven't met your deductible for the year. You must use a provider in your plan's network to get these services for free.

Many preventive services for women are provided at no additional cost, including, but not limited to:

  • Breast cancer screening (mammography) every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
  • Breast cancer genetic test counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk for breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) for sexually active women
  • Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • HIV and STD screening and counseling for sexually active women
  • Osteoporosis screening (bone density) for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
  • Well-woman visits to get recommended services for women under 65
  • Contraception methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling

To learn more about these preventive services, please visit Health Care Reform: Women or Preventive Health Services for Women.

Information taken directly from CDC website:
Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC

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My Mom is a Lactation Consultant...

January 13, 2015
My mom is a lactation consultant. Can you tell? From building a snowman, or an anatomically correct breastfeeding snow-woman, to traveling across America in a large pink RV to promote breastfeeding, our kids are no worse for the wear. They are learning to be breastfeeding advocates, in hope for a better and healthier future in America.

I love to hear stories from children raised in the homes of loving mothers, who happen to also be International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. My good friend and co-worker, Jackie Schroeder, RN,IBCLC sent me this photo of her 12 year old daughter Elly the other day, and gave me permission to share this photo in my blog. It made me giggle and smile and remember some funny stories involving my own family.  I love hearing about hilarious encounters from other families' and of course the children of IBCLC's.

I remember helping a distressed new mother with breastfeeding her infant at the hospital one day, and being a little worried about her state as we were discharging her to home, so I gave her my home phone number.  A couple of days later, my husband reported to me, nonchalantly "somebody called and left a voicemail about sore nipples and engorged breasts, or something of that nature-you better call her back".  Of course the kids overheard as well, and many interesting questions ensued. These types of conversations and language are common place in the home of a lactation nurse. I believe my children can only benefit from these unique life lessons, learned in the home of an IBCLC.

I was once away at a lactation conference in San Diego, when I could not help but notice a large RV in the parking lot, painted entirely pink with Milk for Thought, "Latch on America"  and "taking action to empower breastfeeding moms" painted across the sides. As I approached the RV to see what was going on, I met founder Ryan Comfort. He is the son of a lactation consultant and he was raised with such strong beliefs and a conviction about the importance of breastfeeding, went so far as to make a 45 day, 20 city trek across America, raising awareness about the Surgeon General's Call to Action, and 20 steps listed below, to support and promote breastfeeding in America.   

1) Give mothers the support they need to breastfeed their babies
2) Develop programs to educate fathers and grandmothers about breastfeeding
3) Strengthen programs that provide mother-to­ mother support and peer counseling
4) Use community-based organizations to promote and support breastfeeding
5) Create a national campaign to promote breastfeeding
6) Ensure that the marketing of infant formula is conducted in a way that minimizes its negative impacts on exclusive breastfeeding
7) Ensure that maternity care practices throughout the United States are fully supportive of breastfeeding
8) Develop systems to guarantee continuity of skilled support for lactation between hospitals and health care settings in the community
9) Provide education and training in breastfeeding for all health professionals who care for women and children
10) Include basic support for breastfeeding as a standard of care for midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and pediatricians
11) Ensure access to services provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
12) Identify and address obstacles to greater availability of safe banked donor milk for fragile infants
13) Work toward establishing paid maternity leave for all employed mothers
14) Ensure that employers establish and maintain comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs for their employees
15) Expand the use of programs in the workplace that allow lactating mothers to have direct access to their babies
16) Ensure that all child care providers accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers and infants
17) Increase funding of high-quality research on breastfeeding
18) Strengthen existing capacity and develop future capacity for conducting research on breastfeeding
19) Develop a national monitoring system to improve the tracking of breastfeeding rates as well as the policies and environmental factors that affect breastfeeding
20) Improve national leadership on the promotion and support of breastfeeding

Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC

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