Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow issued the following newsletter on Wednesday, March 1, 2017:
Ahead of the confirmation vote in the Finance Committee, Senator Stabenow led her congressional colleagues in challenging Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator nominee Seema Verma’s commitment to protecting women’s health care given her recent comments concerning maternity care during her confirmation hearing.
“During your confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, you were asked if women should get access to prenatal care and maternity coverage, as afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or whether insurance companies should get to choose whether to cover this for women,” the letter reads. “Your response indicated that coverage of prenatal and maternity care should be optional in direct contrast to the law and the care that women and families receive today.”
“Not only was your response inadequate, it reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of an individual’s ability to make health care decisions when no options are made available to them, as was the case before the ACA,” the letter goes on to say. “If no plan offers maternity coverage, and if coverage is extraordinarily costly or requires long waiting periods, what kind of choice does that present to women?”
You can read the full text of the letter here.