Online Program

Opportunities and strategies for improving maternal and child health through the ACA

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Karen VanLandeghem, MPH, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Senior Advisor, Washington, DC
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides numerous opportunities to increase coverage, improve quality, and ultimately improve health outcomes for women, infants, and children, including those with special health care needs. These opportunities include coverage expansions, investments in prevention, and new and redesigned service delivery systems that focus on quality and cost containment. Less clear is the role of public health in this new health care environment, how public and private health and health care delivery systems will be integrated, and the impact on maternal and child health (MCH) populations, particularly those who are low-income and underserved. A variety of public-private stakeholders is needed to ensure that the promise of the ACA will increase coverage, improve quality, and ultimately improve health outcomes. Collaborative efforts by public health (including state Title V MCH programs), Medicaid, and CHIP programs, providers, private insurers, families, and others are essential to ensuring that revamped health care systems fulfill the promise of the ACA, particularly for those who are low income and underserved.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe key ACA provisions that have the greatest potential to impact women, children, and their families. Identify key strategies that states and communities can use to optimize the ACA for MCH populations. Explain key roles for public health leaders in assuring the health of MCH populations in this new health care environment.

Keyword(s): Health Reform, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over twenty years experience in health policy, program development and government relations with expertise in child and family systems, MCH, public insurance coverage for children, early childhood systems and adolescent health. I have spent the majority of my career working at the national and state levels on child health issues and health systems. I am the author of numerous reports and publications on child and family health policies and best practices.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.