The Associated Press spent a year examining how racial health disparities have harmed generations of Black Americans. From birth to death, Black Americans fare worse in measures of health compared to their white counterparts. They have higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, higher incidence of asthma during childhood, more difficulty treating mental illness as […]
Senate passes bill to expand infant formula access
Legislation that aims to protect low-income families from infant formula shortages passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Thursday. The Access to Baby Formula Act passed the House late Wednesday on a rare bipartisan vote of 414-9, and now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature. “It’s rare that we have unanimity in the Senate on […]
Wolf Administration announces expanding Medicaid coverage plan for postpartum mothers
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Wolf Administration announced its intent to extend postpartum coverage periods for mothers eligible for Medicaid because of pregnancy to one year. Joined by the Women’s Health Caucus, the Maternity Care Coalition and Pa. Health Access Network, they said the investment will help with the health and well-being of new mothers […]
Babies Are Counting on an Accurate Census
The Decennial Census occurs once every ten years and babies count on us to get it right. Overlooking and undercounting young children has serious consequences. The population most likely to be missed in the Census is the same group of children most likely to live in poverty, experience homelessness, and live in stress. These babies can’t afford to be missed.