Pregnancy experts call for Medicaid policy change
Postpartum sterilization is a safe and effective form of contraception. It can be performed immediately after birth without increasing the length of stay in the hospital for new mothers. Unfortunately, women enrolled in Medicaid cannot elect to have a postpartum sterilization procedure performed until they have completed a federally required 30-day waiting period. In contrast, people with private insurance are not subjected to the 30-day waiting period.
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