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How Doula Care Can Advance the Goals of the Affordable Care Act: A Snapshot From New York City

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Doula care meets each of the triple aims of the Affordable Care Act: improving health outcomes for all, improving the experience of care, and lowering costs by reducing non-beneficial and unwanted medical interventions. Cost is the greatest barrier to use of doula support. Reimbursement for doula services by private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicaid managed care organizations would significantly increase access to doulas. Widespread availability of doula care could significantly reduce cesarean rates, and increased access to community-based doula programs could reduce entrenched health disparities.
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Keywords: Affordable Care Act; New York City; cesarean; community-based; cost savings; disparities; doula; labor support; patient satisfaction

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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