Pregnancy, especially high-risk pregnancy, is an incredibly stressful time for soon to be mothers. Ihe last thing that pregnant women need is to be stressing over not being able to afford the high cost of their care. Under Senate’s newly revised healthcare legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, women’s health gets the short end of the stick. Mothers wondering how much a high-risk pregnancy could cost under the BCRA might not be surprised to find out that it is going to be very expensive — because this is Republican health care reform we’re talking about.
A high-risk pregnancy is defined by the mother or the baby having an increased chance for health problems during the pregnancy. High-risk factors can be anything from age to pre-existing health issues, to the baby having health issues in the womb — some of which are beyond a mother’s control and not something she should be punished for. Many of the pre-existing conditions defined by the BCRA contribute to high-risk pregnancy, allowing for insurance companies to charge women with a high-risk pregnancy more for their insurance.
A normal, healthy pregnancy under the BCRA could cost mothers thousands of dollars in out of pocket costs, depending on the policy. But a high-risk pregnancy involves more visits to the doctor, increased ultrasound tests, and potentially more medication than that of a healthy pregnancy.
Currently, women are guaranteed to have some of their maternity and childbirth services covered by insurance under the Affordable Care…