In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, authors call for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latinas and African American women. “Increasing Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Depression in Latinas and African American Women: Addressing Stigma Is Not Enough” notes that rates of diagnosis and treatment for depression during pregnancy and after childbirth are low in Latinas and African American women.
Legal and Ethical Architecture for Patient Centered Outcomes Research Data
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a legal and ethical framework and architecture for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).
Privately Insured Women Increased Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception After ACA, Study Finds
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most private insurance plans have been required to cover all FDA-approved forms of contraception without cost-sharing since the 2013 plan year. An analysis of private insurance claims from 2006-2014 for women ages 13 to 45 found a small but statistically significant increase in insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices after the ACA's contraceptive mandate took effect.
State Medicaid Programs’ Coverage for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception is Uneven, Study Finds
State Medicaid programs must cover family planning services, but wide variation in specific policies around payment and training means low-income women's access to some of the most effective methods of contraception can vary by state. Researchers who analyzed nine states' Medicaid policies around long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) found most did not explicitly cover all key elements of quality contraceptive care.