A Decline In Dangerous Premature Births. Thanks, ObamaCare



Michelle Andrews: Dangerous Premature Births Decline In States That Expanded Medicaid

The percentage of babies born prematurely fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, its lowest level in 17 years, according to an annual March of Dimes report released this week. While many factors contributed to the decline, officials say the health law’s expansion of Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level has played a role. Going forward, other health law provisions will likely contribute to further reductions in preterm births, defined as live births at less than 37 full weeks, women’s health advocates suggest.  The health law’s expansion of public and private health insurance coverage to millions of women will likely have the largest impact on reducing preterm births, says Adam Sonfield, a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and education organization.

Pregnant women who meet their state’s income eligibility standards (typically at or near 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $23,340), can receive Medicaid services until 60 days after they give birth, but more consistent coverage helps ensure that women are healthy before they become pregnant and that they receive early prenatal care. Other health law provisions will make inroads as well, according to Sonfield, who authored a Guttmacher brief on pregnancy-related services shortly after the law passed in 2010. Maternity and newborn care is now required coverage in plans sold on the individual and small group markets. A range of preventive services must be provided free of charge to pregnant women, including folic acid supplements, smoking cessation counseling, screening for gestational diabetes and prenatal care.

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119 Responses to “A Decline In Dangerous Premature Births. Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. 1 nospin
    November 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    hellooo TOD

  2. 10 susanne
    November 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    love this photo!

    • 11 susanne
      November 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      oops– i mean, i love allll these photos:)

    • 12 arapaho415
      November 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Congrats Susanne and No Spin on #1, on this thread with “baby-whisperer” Barack.

      The way PBO holds infants reminds me why the koala looked so at ease in PBO’s arms (check out how PBO is holding the koala’s bottom — too cute):

      Thanks NW for the treats!

      • 13 susanne
        November 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

        oh my goodness! this is so adorable! except there is a creepy, primate-like creature just behind the president’s shoulder–maybe a gargoyle? thanks for the photo of the good guy with the cuddly animal 🙂

        ( possibly some photo-shop would be in order. for instance, the gargoyle could be turned into a nice human? )

      • 15 susanne
        November 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        and it is indeed lovely how the president holds that koala like a baby. and the koala is holding onto him in the same way. best president ever!!

  3. 16 nospin
    November 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Gorgeous pics Nerdy. Thank you for all you do. Now off to read

  4. November 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Wonderful post Nerdy, thank yoooooooou Legend!!!

  5. 20 nospin
    November 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    A Toolkit to Help Communities Respond to a Changing Climate

  6. 21 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Awww, love the ObamaBabies photos — perfectly appropriate for this good news. Obama luh da kids. 😆 Thanks Nerdy!

  7. 26 GGail
    November 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    NW, such warm pictures for me to view at lunchtime – thanks!

    • 27 0388jojothecat
      November 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Hi GGail congrats on moving to Monrovia. In the summer every Friday they have a farmers market in old town and during Xmas holiday the Hallmark cards store has a wonderful open house. Maybe me, you and Tally ( and other TOD’ers) can get together for lunch.

    • 31 arapaho415
      November 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Second what jojo said. Monrovia, that entire foothill area is so beautiful, and love the old town section of that (mini) city.

      For Californians:
      I’ve missed a thread here or there, but haven’t seen any mention of the CA climate credit on SCE bills.

      The grand total of what I owe for Sep and Oct SCE usage is $0.03.

      And that’s with turning on the a/c a few times in Sep when it was 106F outside!

      • 32 GGail
        November 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

        arapaho, it sure is! I work in Pasadena on Foothill Blvd., so this is a 15 min trip and the metro stops at my building, so when it starts up in Monrovia, I might use it too. 🙂 (it’s almost complete)

        • 33 arapaho415
          November 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

          How cool is that?

          So glad that LA is expanding the Metro — it’s a little pricy to go long distances, but is such a great public service.

          Also too — I responded to your posting on the Ukrainian fellows on an earlier thread — mentioned that I chatted with a Polish immigrant who delivered Sparkletts water to my workplace just after the fall of the Berlin Wall — he spoke great English and he said he learned by watching TV!

          • 34 GGail
            November 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

            I know, I saw it – thanks! Isn’t it great that we get to interact with people from all walks of life and learn how much they value the “American” opportunity.

    • 35 Nerdy Wonka
      November 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks, GGail.

  8. 36 GGail
    November 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Bob, I just saw your tweets here on the sidebar.

    Why would they declare a State of Emergency? Has the Grand Jury spoken? Have I missed something?

    And thank you so much for all of your informative tweets!

    Did you see where I wrote that the two young men who moved me yesterday were from Ukraine? They were wonderful and we had good conversation about Putin and his mindset (he still thinks he’s in the KGB) those were their words. They were happy that the US & Europe pushed back on Russia and supported Ukraine independence.

  9. 38 vcprezofan2
    November 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Very meaningful topic! Thanks, NerdyW.

  10. 40 Nena20409
    November 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful Post NW. Well done, the Blogger formerly known as UT 😉
    Two Au ⭐ winners
    NoSpin and Susanne.

  11. 49 57andfemale
    November 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • 50 nospin
      November 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you Senator Boxer for clearly asserting that there is a Senate immigration reform bill that is ready for passage and it the the GOP that is holding up that process.Thanks also for pointing out that the EO freakout is based on BS.

    • 53 nospin
      November 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      LOVE THIS article.

      Senator Boxer threw her balls directly on the table. No apologies.

      “In light of the refusal by the Republican House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, I urge you to take executive action to fulfill the critical goals of that comprehensive bill, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 68-32 on June 27, 2013.

      For 17 months, you have been very patient with House Republican leaders, encouraging them to either take up and pass the bipartisan Senate bill or work with you to craft a different bill.

      Mr. President, I don’t remember hearing one Republican in Congress complain when Republican presidents took executive action on immigration. I urge you to ignore the angry voices of the do-nothing crowd in Congress who have repeatedly blocked progress on immigration reform. If they really cared about fixing our broken immigration system, they would not be threatening to shut down the government or file wasteful lawsuits — they would just do their job and pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

    • November 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      BB is taking no prisoners!!

  12. 56 susanne
    November 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    thanks for this thrilling, uplifting story on a monday morning, nerdywonka! great article about an absolutely game-changing program our president created for the american people. and how apt, that the rethugs thought to denigrate it by naming it obamacare! because now and forever, his name will be attached to this huge success.

  13. 58 57andfemale
    November 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Who is this guy?

      • 60 vcprezofan2
        November 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

        I found this decision ‘interesting’, if somewhat paradoxical (although the wording is obviously the author’s).

        ‘Pelosi also detailed plans Monday to fill out her leadership team. She will give outgoing DCCC chairman, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the newly created position of chairman of policy and communications — essentially a leading messaging role for the caucus. Israel has led the DCCC through the last two political cycles, during which the party failed to retake the majority, losing at least eight seats this year.’

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        November 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        I like this by NancyP…

        “I thought we’d win the third term in the majority and I would have completed some of the work. I’m not here because I want to have the accoutrement of being leader. I’m here because we have a mission to accomplish for the American people,” she said.

    • November 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Frankly these DCCC and DSCC positions have importance only to the extend of candidate recruitment. As for messaging, the individual candidates make their own choices. I don’t think anyone could tell you what the message was from the Dems, except cower in the corner and avoid the black president, which was a guarantee for failure.

      • 67 57andfemale
        November 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

        I think they have more to do than just recruitment – these positions are often the face of the Senate or House during elections, and they have a great deal of input on how resources are allocated. I would also say, recruitment is very important and when you have a red-state Dem as the face of the dscc, it sends a message.

        Candidates should not be left on their own in terms of messaging. These races have national implications and the identity of the party should be factored in.

  14. 68 Nena20409
    November 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I like MediaMatters and the work they do.
    I enjoy reading tweets from Eric Boehlert. I get the obsessive devotion they have for HRC…….David Brock was once one of the hired hands on the RIGHT to savage the Clintons. He runs MM and he has long gone through some sort of conversion in the late 1990s.

    But this tweet is way too much. NRC turned 67 yrs old on Oct 26th, 2014……..Born in 1947. She looks her age. The New Yorker is know for their Cartoon driven Front Pages. I think, this Cover portrayed HRC well. She has not undergone any plastic surgeries……none that we know. She looks her age. So please stop with the ageism nonsense until it is warranted. I get that fighting ageism and sexism are OK today unlike fighting Racism and Bigotry where people of color are concerned……..Stop The Over coverage HRC’s Age. It is what it is, period.

    November 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm


  16. 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  17. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    November 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    • 77 Vicki
      November 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      State of emergency.
      National Guard has been in St. Louis for more than a week.
      Department of Homeland Security armoured vehicles arrived a day ago.
      Approximately 100 DHS vans parked at a Drury Inn in nearby wealthy suburb of Chesterfield.
      DHS helicopters (3) flew in a few days ago accompanied by an unidentified object in sky believed to be a communication-jamming drone.

      All this instead of following the rule of law which says that victims and suspects both have a right to be heard. The DA usually speaks for the victim.

      I am worried about our country.
      It seems like our democracy is being eroded bit by bit right in front of us.

      99.99% of the protests and protesters in St. Louis have been peaceful.

      WTF is Jay Nixon actually up to?

  18. 78 jackiegrumbacher
    November 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Good news. Sister is back home and cancer free according to her medical team. They took a big chunk out of the skin on her abdomen, but it will heal in time and with rest. Could tell she’s deeply relieved–it’s over and all the anticipation and anxiety is behind her, although anniversary celebrations may have to wait a week or two. Thanks everyone for your positive thoughts and support–I know it helped.

  19. 93 arapaho415
    November 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Prettyfoot58 posted this on an earlier thread, but it’s really worth taking a look at this.

    Don’t watch TV, have no opinion on Orange is the New Black, but this (American citizen) actress was left all alone in Boston at the age of 14 because her parents and older brother were arrested and deported to Colombia when she was 14 years old.

    Another piece of info to refute RWNJ objection to CIR — anyone with a heart would not wish this to happen to someone so young and vulnerable.

    A link to Diane Guerrero’s @latimes opinion piece:

  20. 94 99ts
    November 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    At the end of the G20 I watched 3 speeches
    PM Cameron
    President Obama
    Chancellor Merkel

    They all had an amazing encompassing understanding of world events whether it be related to economics, insurgencies, religion, warfare and anything else. Cameron & Merkel were asked questions related to the G20 & world issues – President Obama was asked stupid questions related to domestic events but his knowledge and intelligence on world affairs shone through regardless.

    Then I read Pierce this morning talking about the Sunday Morning shows and their guests

    The US media should be ashamed to have these people on television discussing issues about which they know less than nothing. It is truly disgusting that such people have political power in the USA – and they get it through the US media boosting their ignorance into something to be admired.

  21. 95 Nena20409
    November 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  22. 96 susanne
    November 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    of course not everyone is on board for obamacare, even though it is saving the lives of the very infants the rethugs are so religiously protecting with their anti-woman policies. this from krugman, about a dimwit pundit:

    ‘ Well, I’ve know for years that many political pundits don’t think that understanding policy is part of their job. But this is still extreme. And I’m sorry to go after an individual here — but for God’s sake, don’t you have to know something about the actual content of a policy you critique? ‘


  23. November 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    This is such wonderful news about ObamaCare. It wasn’t something I thought of, but it makes sense that with prenatal care covered and anxiety relieved, it allows babies better conditions. And the pictures!!! President Obama just warms my heart. What a loving person he is. Just a wonderfuf post NW! Thank you. 🙂

  24. November 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    This has no relevance at all to this wonderful post, but I just ran across it and thought it was funny

  25. 101 Vicki
    November 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    OMG— talk about the Peter Principle
    Elevating Steve Israel to a Messaging position.
    Guaranteeing more and better Republican wins.

  26. 102 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm


  27. 105 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Republicans are some crooked bastards!

    • 106 Nena20409
      November 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Who is going to stop them?
      They are in charge in many state house. The Courts are tilted rightward. SCOTUS has Yet since 2000 to see a Corporate ruling that didn’t go the Corporations’ way……same with Campaign Finance Laws……..

      We The People be darned.

      • 107 vcprezofan2
        November 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        Who is going to stop it indeed. Morals or scruples would, and even genuine patriotism should, but we all know that these characters have none of the former! The dishonesty (that is not even hidden) is enough to dishearten anyone who thinks one person, one vote should be respected.

  28. 108 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  29. 109 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Interesting. Although I wonder if irony is lost on young people these days.

    • 110 susanne
      November 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      wha? isn’t this supposed to be ironic?

      • 111 susanne
        November 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        okay, just saw your intro dudette. still, it’s a dubious approach if we can’t figure it out!

      • 112 vcprezofan2
        November 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        At the luck site, after playing around some more they end with….

        “Oh hey, you actually scrolled down here?
        This is where we put the charts.

        ……………………………….. chart included that ‘compares’ Luck with Marketplace ………………

        Then they end with ↓ in bright orange

        Luck is not a health plan. Get a real health plan at …… get covered illinois logo….”

        So whoever sticks with it can get at relevant info, but if you ask me they play around too long. 😉

  30. 113 susanne
    November 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    oooooh! pierce is on the attack! just when the bushies thought their star was again rising….

    ‘ It’s well beyond past time that whatever the involvement of the Saudis in the atrocities of 2001 was should be exposed to the country, and to the people, on whom those atrocities were committed. George W. Bush is no longer slow-dancing Prince Bandar across the South Lawn. The regime in Saudi Arabia remains a retrograde rat’s nest of plutocracy and theocracy. If some people in that regime were responsible for financing, directly or indirectly, the attacks on the United States, it’s time the people of the United States know who they are. ‘


  31. 114 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  32. 116 susanne
    November 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    more cool stuff the obama white house is doing, that will never show up in the msm.

    ‘ Hawaii Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will be attending the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at the White House. ‘


  33. 117 Dudette
    November 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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