TRENTON, N.J. – A bill (A5021) sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that expands Medicaid coverage to include group prenatal care services was signed by Gov. Murphy today.
“Group prenatal care is innovative, cost-effective and most importantly, it’s proven to improve outcomes for both mothers and newborns,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “We should be doing everything we can to support the health of pregnant woman and babies and this piece of legislation is a great step toward that goal.”
Group prenatal care includes clinical support that consists of brief individual visits with a doctor and health assessments, as well as social support that gives about eight to 12 women an opportunity to connect and learn in a nurturing environment.
Providers must be accredited by the Centering Healthcare Institute, a nonprofit that trains and supports group care providers, or engaged in an active implementation contract with the Institute. The law allows up to 10 group prenatal care visits per pregnancy.