As with each legislative session, the ACOG-TX and the Me & My OBG Campaign has selected priority issues for 2015 that are important to protecting women’s health in Texas.
Our advocacy efforts spring from the conviction that Texas women’s access to quality health care must be a top priority for Texas. We are committed to preserving the autonomy of the doctor-patient relationship and to ensuring that our patients are provided with accurate information and sound advice.
We will focus on five primary issue areas in order to promote a strong and effective advocacy platform that reflects our collective voice and the work of our doctors and patients.
- Preserve funds and services for Medicaid, Texas Women’s Health Program, DSHS Family Planning, and DSHS Primary Expanded Healthcare Program.
We will work to ensure that eligibility, access and continuity is preserved if consolidation of programs occurs.
- Address the post-delivery health needs of women beyond initial follow up visits.
Despite the importance of maternal physical health, many gaps exist in the availability and scope of maternal postpartum health. Challenging health conditions not only influence mothers’ health but also affect children’s health.
- Access to affordable contraception, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
Long-acting reversible contraception, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), are some of the most effective, safe forms of birth control available for women of all ages and they have non-contraceptive health benefits. However, both their cost and misconceptions about safety have prevented many women from being able to take advantage of these methods.
- Work with HHSC and DSHS to improve birth outcomes while addressing racial disparities
Efforts to expand consumer awareness of pregnancy-related health risks and to extend public and private health care coverage to low-income women are important for Texas, which finances at least half of the births in the state and bears the financial burden of addressing adverse birth outcomes, including neonatal care for premature children.
- Support the work of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Taskforce.
The task force reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity; determines the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity; and makes recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severed maternal morbidity in Texas.