Policy

Why We Need Universal Health Insurance with Maternity Coverage

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Some people wonder why health insurance plans should cover services like maternity care, even if they think they will never personally need it. Trump's pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, testified in Congress that she thinks maternity coverage should be optional, even for women. Let me explain why this is a terrible idea.