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The Policy Process

University of Phoenix
HCS 455
January 23, 2012

The reproductive Health Care policy for women is a policy that was created for all women. The policy provides services such as prevention, Contraceptives are offered in an array of choices, condoms, iUD, birth control pill, many are covered by Medicaid. Medicaid is a state funded program that covers uninsured low income women and teens with family planning, including prevention, screening, exams and tests. Under this policy is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act or PDA. This act requires that the employer s insurance plan cover pregnancy related care with less co-pay. Medicaid is the main insurer to cover unwanted pregnancy in teens, Pregnancy in lower income women, today Medicaid accounts for 71% coverage, Federal Grants 16% and other state funds 13%. The reproductive health care policy has two parts the federal policy and state policy. The federal policy has an amendment called the Hyde amendment which is focused on abortion. This amendment states that no federal dollars will be used for termination of pregnancy with few exceptions, like Rape, incest or saving the life of the mother. State policy concerning abortion is as follows states can place waiting periods on when someone can have an abortion, make an abortion available only with parents consent. Demanding that the person get an ultra sound so that the age of the fetus is confirmed. And a health care refusal is optional by state. With every creation of a policy there are stages that are taken to make the policy be what it is. The formation stage is a stage in the policy process that is formulated on the basis of pertinent valid information and technical advice. It should consider all facets of the National Health Research programs within the context of National Health Programs (Who-Searo, 2006). With the formation process information is collected from Research program providers in the form of



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