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NJ Assembly Takes Up Inequities in Prenatal Care

Monday, January 12, 2009

A recent New Jersey study highlights serious disparities among the quality of care for women with unplanned pregnancies. And some lawmakers want to see more young, pregnant minority women get the prenatal care they need. They'll be discussing their ideas when the Assembly's Health and Senior Services Committee meets later this week.

Also, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver is sponsoring a bill that addresses the need to continue obstetric services if a clinic closes or reduces its hours. It would give the Health Commissioner authority to determine whether to dedicate funds from the state's Health Care Stabilization Fund to support obstetrics at a financially distressed health care center.

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