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  • <Blues Hearings>
    and medical care consuming an ever larger slice of the U S economy There s more Doctors employers and insurers increasingly chart the link between rising health care costs and common conditions such as diabetes and obesity That is opening the way for electronic medical records and other systems that can keep track of patient health along with complex paperwork Meanwhile insurance companies hospitals and doctors practices all are consolidating to achieve greater clout even as many call for a single payer system It s a big issue but this week in Philadelphia there s an opportunity to look at it through a very local lens as speakers line up to testify at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department s hearings on the proposed merger of Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Inc The merger an example of consolidation would create the state s largest insurer One reason the two Blues want to merge To save money on advanced technology But hospitals and doctors worry about the potential clout of a merged organization as they bargain over reimbursements Businesses want stabilized premiums Advocates seek help for the uninsured and better care for all The drill Public hearings on the proposed merger are scheduled at the Sheraton Center City 201 N 17th St on Tuesday from 9 a m to 5 p m and 7 p m to 9 p m and on Wednesday from 9 a m to conclusion Letty Thall public policy director Maternity Care Coalition MERGER OK Maybe with conditions WORRY The two companies whether they merge or not may not work hard enough to cover health services that lead to healthy babies for all women WHY Who pays determines what services women get Already there s a hurdle because women of childbearing age are more expensive to insure Jonathan Stein

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/BluesHearings.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Cure for Recidivism>
    the Decades Mother Knows Best A Chance to Do Good and Save Philadelphia Money Workers Need Paid Sick Days New Policy Outlaws Shackling of Women Prisoners During Birth Remembering Tina Bela Benefit for Mom and Wife Blues Hearings A Chance to Weigh In On a Complex Merger Cure for Recidivism Will Smith s Mom Make a Difference New Century Trust Willing Hands Award Fewer Babies US AIDS Policy Philadelphia Inquirer April 15 2008 Cure for Recidivism Letter to the Editor We support State Sen Stewart J Greenleaf s concern over the growing crisis of prisons Punishment alone won t deter criminals April 7 Individuals turn to crime for a variety of reasons many of which can be better addressed through mental health and substance abuse programs An effective way to combat recidivism is to provide economic and emotional support and other resources during transitions A model program such as the Maternity Care Coalition s MOMobile at Riverside Correctional Facility does just this for incarcerated women who are pregnant or newly parenting Research shows that women who have contact with their children while they are in prison and reconnect with them after release are less likely to return to jail MOMobile

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/CureforRecidivism.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Will Smith's Mom Makes a Difference
    for him more than his mother who still lives in our area The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air is now a king of the big screen in Hollywood but he and his mother Carolyn remember their old neighborhood It s here that she makes an effort to give back If I can help someone I like to particularly because they are young mothers said Carolyn Carolyn volunteers with Maternity Care Coalition which offers free hands on services to pregnant women and new moms who need them The house we are visiting is just a few blocks from where she raised Will We walk carefully Carolyn wears a prosthesis after breaking her left leg and then having it amputated following a bad infection MCC s Cribs for Kids program provides cribs for mothers who can t afford them Stephanie Grant is 20 single and 9 months pregnant Carolyn along with health worker Dawn Jackson will guide Stephanie thru her pregnancy and the first year of her baby s life Carolyn offers tips on crib safety She said helping young women like Stephanie make productive decisions is one reason she and Will are advocates for Maternity Care Coalition All of Carolyn s babies Will his brother and 2 sisters are now adults but with MCC she has found a way to relive those memories by spending time at an Early Head Start Learning Center feeding the infants and joining story time with the toddlers Carolyn said she gives a few hours in a day but gets much more in return There are probably a lot of things I could do but it probably wouldn t be as fulfilling as working with the babies she said But she also remembers another rewarding moment The day she knew Will was on his way

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/WillSmithsMomMakesaDifference.html (2016-05-02)
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  • New Century Trust Willing Hands Award
    than a century ago the means to achieve it have to change with the times With this grant and the others announced today we are striving to support the diverse and complex efforts of organizations serving women and girls today The New Century Trust was founded in 1893 by a group of women led by Eliza Sproat Turner 1826 1903 a progressive thinker and an activist of means who lived in Philadelphia It was the incorporated body of the New Century Guild which had been founded by Turner in 1882 Activities in the organization s early history included a wide range of activities that served the increasing numbers of women who were entering the work force classes and lectures the Noon Rest a dining room where hundreds of working women came to eat a hot meal for reduced cost and rest for an hour during the work day temporary lodging and emergency financial support One of the earliest largest and most successful of many organizations created in the nineteenth century to provide assistance to the increasing numbers of women who were entering the labor force the New Century Trust is also one of the most long lived The 18 000 Willing Hands Award was given from Lily Dupuy Harper s bequest to the New Century Trust which specified that the money be used to help women in need in the tradition of the organization s Willing Hands Committee which was formed in 1888 Originally the Willing Hands Committee organized distribution of donated toys clothing and other items to hospitals and the needy Later it evolved to the Willing Hands Fund which made loans to members in need of support due to illness or unemployment The award to the Maternity Care Coalition is the first lump sum grant of its kind

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  • MCC::News::Fewer Babies
    street The anniversary should be cause for celebration but instead finds the nonprofit in anything but a celebratory mood In July the agency whose mission is to reduce infant mortality by steering pregnant women toward health resources saw its federal and local funding for the MOMobile reduced by 500 000 That s a cut of about 17 percent from the care coalition s 3 million budget According to executive director JoAnne Fischer this has forced the closing of MOMobile sites in Strawberry Mansion and Germantown and the elimination of seven of the coalition s 70 jobs She said the cuts mean an end to annual home visits for 600 families in those areas Prenatal care isn t all the MOMobile centers provide The staff also assists with housing food diapers and infant immunizations It s heart breaking Fischer said We had become a part of the fabric of these communities The MOMobile started in 1989 when the infant mortality rate in Philadelphia was 17 per 1 000 births In 2002 it was 10 6 per 1 000 births though it has been higher in poorer and predominantly minority neighborhoods In 1992 I took a ride in the MOMobile as workers took their efforts to the streets The lemon yellow van was easy to spot and a welcome sight for several pregnant women we met that afternoon I remember thinking it must be difficult to approach total strangers sometimes hostile strangers and ask them personal questions But the women were dedicated to their work offering information in a sisterly sort of way that on that day at least seemed sincerely welcomed by the pregnant women they met That was just part of the day They also made follow up phone calls to pregnant women they d previously contacted Their job took

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/090804.html (2016-05-02)
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  • MCC::News::US AIDS Policy
    So you can t blame the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for refining its strategy as it seeks to direct precious and ever scarcer federal funds most effectively One recent move has been away from general prevention and toward targeting those already infected But that new strategy unveiled last year and taking effect now runs the risk of looking only at where the epidemic is not where it s going There are 299 million of you who don t have HIV and one million of us who do says Kevin Conare executive director of Action AIDS Philadelphia So it makes sense to work with us But he and others are concerned that if the prevention with positives approach gets too much attention we ll get at the branches and leaves and not at the root issues Unlike some other public health decisions made by this administration this CDC shift in priorities is based on valid research a study that found that HIV positive people were rarely receiving any message to watch their sexual behavior The change in strategy also reflects a change in the social history of the disease Until recently positive people didn t live long Now thanks to the availability of retroviral drug therapy more people are living with AIDS than ever We weren t bringing up safe sex because we weren t used to people being healthy and living says Marla Gold dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health If prevention among those who are infected really works we ll see a decrease in the numbers infected However you want to know that it works And that s one outstanding question The other is What about trying to prevent the spread of HIV AIDS among people known to be at risk The disease is

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/071104.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Maternity System Rebirth>
    in creating a family based infrastructure of community employment education and wellness The recent announcement that as of June 30 Mercy Suburban Hospital will eliminate maternity services continues the pattern of disregard for family values and the lack of respect for the needs of women who require birthing options We can argue that the cause lies somewhere between malpractice insurance insurer government reimbursement rates or uninsured patients and cost to provide service but the ultimate discussion should be about the obligation of the charitable mission of not for profit hospitals and the effect on eliminating services in the communities they serve Since the maternity care crisis in Philadelphia has mostly gone unnoticed I d like to develop awareness and provide information that will contribute to solving this problem The representatives of Philadelphia neighborhoods must work for an increase in the availability of health services especially facilities where expectant mothers can comfortably receive support focusing on their child delivery needs The continuing reduction in maternity options in Philadelphia has created a deficiency that calls for a remedy in the form of a new facility dedicated to birthing options The establishment of such a maternity center would merge altruistic neighborhood support and corporate participation to solve a natural community need Philadelphia area hospitals that no longer exist or have closed their maternity departments include Medical College of Pa 1997 Nazareth Hospital 1998 Germantown Hospital 1998 City Avenue Hospital 1999 Roxborough Memorial 1999 Warminster Hospital 2000 Elkins Park Hospital 2001 Episcopal Hospital 2001 Mercy Phila Hospital 2002 Methodist Hospital 2002 Mercy Fitzgerald 2003 Parkview Hospital 2003 Frankford Torresdale 2006 Jeanes Hospital 2007 Chestnut Hill Hospital 2008 Central Montgomery 2009 Brandywine Hospital 2009 Northeastern 2009 The latest came at Northeastern in July as it became the 18th medical facility to exit the baby delivery

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/MaternitySystemRebirth.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Norristown OB services facing a crisis situation>
    Sleep News Breastfeeding News Other News The Norristown Times Herald December 16 2009 Norristown OB Services Facing a Crisis Situation Tania Toomer Letter to the Editor New AEHN hospital offering OB services is an incomplete picture of what Norristown women are facing OB services will end June 20 2010 at Mercy Suburban while AEHN won t even open until June 2012 What are childbearing families suppose to do for the next two and a half years Additionally it is not accurate to characterize the notice as well in advance We now know that Mercy Suburban will no longer accept new maternity patients as soon as January 18th 2010 complying with the 60 day notice policy required by the PA Health Department The rationale for cutting services suggested assessments were made using quality benchmarks and a values based decision making model How much value is placed on providing a quality birth experience for families and protecting the health of mothers and babies This is the seventh regional hospital to close OB services in five years Birthing is not just a business decision it is an essential and non negotiable part of the human experience Maternity Care Coalition has monitored prenatal care

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