September 16, 2019

New Federal Program Allocates $9 Million to Support Rural Pregnant Women

A new federal program aimed at offering prenatal and obstetrical care to pregnant women in rural areas was announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program will fund Texas, Missouri, and New Mexico health care services by testing models for services that might someday be implemented on a larger scale.

Hospital-based OB services are unavailable in roughly half of the rural counties in the United States, so this should be welcome for many women who don't have access to nearby care at all. It also becomes more difficult for Planned Parenthood to argue that defunding it would decrease women's access to health care. Click here for more.