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It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to obstetric care in much of the rural areas of the county, focusing on a community in Missouri where the local hospital recently closed and many surrounding hospitals have closed their obstetrics units, making the distance to care significant. Also touches on the impact to a rural community when it loses a hospital and when it loses this specific kind of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
Source: Federal Register
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In Rural Wyoming, Women Must Often Travel Great Distances for Prenatal Care
Jul 15, 2018 - Details the barriers to accessing obstetrical care in rural areas of Wyoming, including a lack of providers, transportation issues, and the costs associated with travel. Also touches on some efforts to improve access within the state.
Source: Caspar Star Tribune
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HHS: Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements: Proposed Rule Federal Register
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to revise Title X regulations to ensure compliance with the statutory requirement that none of the Title X funds may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and other related statutory requirements. Also clarifies grantee responsibilities to provide a broad range of family planning methods, to require documented compliance with laws requiring the reporting of abuse and human trafficking, and to provide free or low cost access to family planning services for women without employer-sponsored insurance coverage for certain contraceptive services due to their employers' religious beliefs or moral convictions, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days from official publication of this notice in the Federal Register which is scheduled for July 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy; etc.; Corrections Federal Register
May 23, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is amending the subject and timeline of the Challenge Competition for Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy that was issued on September 26, 2017. The new focus will be on Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge, with the goal of improving access to care and support services for pregnant women with opioid misuse disorder, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas. Submissions will be due in December 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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