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News by Topic: Women

Jan 17, 2020 - South Dakota's Department of Health formed a committee of medical professionals that will meet and discuss how to address the high maternal mortality rate in the state. Describes possible contributing factors to the rising maternal deaths, including the increase in age of new mothers, rising rates of chronic conditions, and lack of access to quality healthcare.
Source: Aberdeen News
Jan 10, 2020 - Summarizes research that reveals rural mothers are at a higher risk of severe morbidity and mortality during childbirth than urban mothers. Reports that the findings coincide with the decrease in labor and delivery units in rural areas, identifies policy changes as possible solutions.
Source: MPR News
Jan 7, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration to update the guidelines for preventive services and screenings for women to include screening for anxiety. The services included in the guidelines are required to be covered without cost-sharing by non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage. Coverage of this new service is required with the first plan year that begins on or after December 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 19, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced ten states to receive funding under the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and eight cooperative agreements of the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model in seven states. Both models aim to address public health challenges such as the opioid crisis and holistic maternal and child health.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dec 16, 2019 - U.S. maternal mortality rates are the highest in the developed world and Native American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Highlights the women of Indian Country who are training other indigenous women to become doulas and midwives, improving health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 2, 2019 - Executive Order announcing the creation of the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Task Force will consult with tribal governments to learn more about the scope of the issues around missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives and develop model procedures to apply to unsolved cases.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 22, 2019 - While Parkinson's Disease is traditionally thought to affect mostly men, many women are also affected, with those in rural areas facing even greater challenges. Highlights a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award that created a Parkinson's research and care agenda for women.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Nov 21, 2019 - Provides overview of a study suggesting teenage girls and young women in rural areas are more likely to plan a first time pregnancy and carry it to term versus those in urban communities. Data from the past 20 years was examined and disparities were attributed to a lack of access to healthcare and geographic isolation in rural America.
Source: Reuters