3240.0 Women's Health: Insurance Reform and Vulnerable Populations

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
This session examines access to care and patterns of health services utilization among vulnerable groups of women within the context of insurance reform. The studies find that despite eligibility for insurance coverage, vulnerable groups of women face barriers to enrollment and are at an increased risk of receiving fragmented primary care and sub-optimal prenatal and postpartum care. The session also examines current issues and trends in women’s health, including the safety and effectiveness of natural hormones and the utilization of breast MRIs among women at high risk for breast cancer.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify predictors of prenatal and postpartum care among vulnerable subgroups of women enrolled in Medicaid managed care. 2. Evaluate sources of primary care for urban women who are poor and homeless. 3. Describe factors associated with parental eligibility and enrollment in the State’s Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). 4. Define natural hormones and issues related to their safety, effectiveness, and regulatory oversight. 5. Discuss the future utilization of breast MRIs among women at high risk for breast cancer.

12:30 PM
Factors affecting prenatal and postpartum care for Medicaid beneficiaries
Sharada Weir, DPhil, Heather Posner, MSPH, Jianying Zhang, MSc, Georgianna Willis, PhD, Jeffrey Baxter, MD and Robin Clark, PhD
1:00 PM
Primary care settings for poor and homeless women in Boston
Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, Kym Williams and Roseanna H. Means, MD MSc
1:15 PM
Parental eligibility and take-up of SCHIP: The roles of parental health and employment
Jane E. Miller, PhD, Dorothy Gaboda, PhD, Colleen Nugent, Joel C. Cantor, ScD and Theresa Simpson, BS
1:30 PM
MRI Screening of Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer
Nadereh Pourat, PhD and Sara McMenamin, PhD

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Organized by: Medical Care
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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