Archives for August 2012

A Step Forward For Women’s Health – Affordable Care Act Changes Coming Today

I am excited today about the changes that the affordable care act (also known as “Obamacare”) brought into light today. Women everywhere should be happy about the positive things that this means, regardless of how you feel about the law overall.  I am glad to see that gestational diabetes screening and supplies will be included.

Think about it for a minute, and get past the idea about the birth control issue if you oppose contraception, and realize that many women who have gestational diabetes do not have the funds to cover the necessary items needed to manage their blood sugars.  We are talking about the care and treatment of an unborn child.  We are talking about the future of both that mom and child.  This is part of the reason why I provide the meal plans that I do at such a wonderful price – I feel people need the information and if I can provide it using my expertise, I am making the world a better place.

Why not give it away?  I give away a lot of information and I put a lot of work into it, so it’s a reasonable cost of $19.99.

But that is not what we are here to talk about.  I want to shout it to the roof tops that women will get much better care for gestational diabetes and hopefully have healthier pregnancies and babies.  They will get tested and have the ability to get the tools they need to manage their blood sugars!  Yeah!  Best part is no co-pay, and I know that $20 savings makes a difference.  You can buy healthier foods and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables!

Women get gestational diabetes screening at 24 to 28 weeks pregnant, and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future and the children of women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of being overweight and insulin-resistant during childhood.  So just knowing that you have it will help you have a healthier pregnancy.

And after the birth of your child, you can get free breastfeeding resources and education.  I breastfed my children, and it was the best thing for them – as they were both preemies related to my gestational diabetes turning into pre-eclampsia.  But it was hard, and no women in my family ever breastfed before so I didn’t have a lot of help.  I am glad the resources will be more easily accessible.

Now, while it is required to go into effect today, August 1st, you should realize that it only takes effect when your policy renews.  So, if you are like me, these will go into effect in January.  But it’s not too much longer.

So, hurray for women today!  Now, whether you agree or not, it is an important step to allow women to have access to the services they need to have a healthy baby – it’s not just the mom’s life we are talking about.