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When Taylor Merendo moved to Bloomington, Ind., nearly two years ago, fleeing an abusive marriage, she needed help.

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canada goose That’s where the in Bloomington stepped in. It’s what’s known as a crisis pregnancy center, where women are counseled against abortion and often get support after their babies are born.

Executive Director says many low income women come in believing they need to have an abortion, and canada goose factory sale she tries to persuade them otherwise.

canada goose deals “Because for many women it’s not truly a choice when they feel like they canada goose coats don’t have any other options,” she says.

Women’s health canada goose clearance has been the center of a lot of controversy in the ongoing health care debate, and much has focused on federal. While federal funding for abortion is already illegal in most cases, many abortion rights opponents also want to permanently block Planned Parenthood from receiving federal reimbursement for providing services like contraception.

canada goose coats on sale As it turns out, many crisis pregnancy centers like the Hannah Center, which are also known as pregnancy resource Canada Goose Parka centers, also rely on Medicaid as a tool for helping low income pregnant women.

The non profit organization uk canada goose outlet housed Merendo for about a canada goose coats on sale year in its, and Canada Goose Outlet helped her apply for Medicaid in Indiana. Low income pregnant women qualify in every state, though exact income requirements vary from state to state.

canada goose clearance sale Now 21, Merendo is caring for her 19 month old son and training to become a nursing assistant. She said she never wanted an abortion, but she couldn’t have afforded her prenatal visits, let alone the delivery, on her canada goose coats own.

cheap Canada Goose “If Medicaid wouldn’t have paid for it, it would have been thousands of dollars,” she says. “And being a single mother, you really just can’t can’t pay canada goose uk shop for that.”

A lot of women can’t. For pregnant women in the United States, Medicaid is less a safety net than a building block of the maternity care system.

Of the 4.3 million births in the United States each year, more cheap canada goose uk than 2 million are covered by Medicaid nearly half. The program covers not only delivery, but also prenatal and some postpartum visits, as well as infant care.

canada goose store For the Hannah Center in Indiana, Canada Goose Coats On Sale at least 90 percent of clients receive Medicaid. Directors of several similar organizations interviewed by NPR indicated that most of their clients also do. An NPR review also found at least two dozen such centers advertising online that they offer Medicaid referrals or enrollment assistance.

canadian goose jacket Andrea Krazeise runs the near Orlando, Fla., which provides free pregnancy tests and paperwork to verify a positive result.

Canada Goose online “That’s the primary buy canada goose jacket cheap service that every pregnancy center offers, is the proof of pregnancy,” Krazeise says.

Without Medicaid, Krazeise said many of her clients likely wouldn’t see a doctor until the very end of the pregnancy.

Canada Goose Parka “She would go to the emergency room or she would have no care, and then when her uk canada goose water breaks and she’s about to go into labor, then she’ll be in the emergency room,” she says.

At in Metairie, La., Michelle Black works with clients like Tara Lang, 28, of Jefferson Parish, whose daughter was born in January. She turned to Medicaid after her fiance, who’d been providing her health insurance, was killed in a motorcycle crash by a drunk driver while she was pregnant.

canada goose coats “My world turned upside down completely, like literally in five seconds,” Lang says.

Medicaid has been under recent in Congress. Black worries that might in turn push states to slash reimbursements to physicians. Black says such cuts would hurt the maternity clinic her organization also runs, and make it harder for pregnant women to find doctors.

Canada Goose Outlet “I mean it’s a major concern,” Black says. “We’ve actually seen Canada Goose Jackets fluctuations in the Canada Goose sale amount of money that we get reimbursed through the clinic, and I know the doctor offices are seeing that as well. So in some cases people who have accepted Medicaid in the past aren’t, because the reimbursements have shrunk,” she says. “So we’ve been watching a whole lot of things; we know that it’s affecting our clients.”

There’s a danger that patients will struggle to find care if reimbursement rates buy canada goose jacket are cut, according to, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, which represents directors of state programs.

“If you precipitously drop what we pay, then what you’re gonna end up with canada goose uk black friday is a scenario where the Medicaid insurance card is kind of like a hunting license,” Salo says. “Yes, you have coverage but cheap Canada Goose good luck finding someone who’s gonna be willing to canadian goose jacket take pennies on the dollar to treat you.”

Women’s health groups like the note that uninsured women have higher rates of pregnancy complications, including preterm birth. CEO says those women also have a harder time planning future pregnancies canada goose clearance sale because of reduced access to contraception.

buy canada goose jacket cheap “And so they canada goose store have a higher incidence of unintended pregnancy,” he says.

Canada Goose sale At her pregnancy center in Indiana, Tuley Lampke said she has occasionally caught flak from conservative canada goose donors for helping women enroll in government services.

“They’ll say something like, you know, ‘Shouldn’t your job be to get people off of government services, and not on government services?’ I think that’s definitely the goal.” But that can’t always be the goal, she says, when you have a lower income single mom who either doesn’t have a job or, if she does have a job, it’s minimum wage or less.

canada goose clearance But Tuley Lampke she says she’s seen several women decide to continue their pregnancies after learning that canada goose black friday sale their medical care would be provided. After pregnant women get basic health care, she says, they can then focus on their education and career.

“Sometimes simply explaining to them, we can help them through the process of obtaining Medicaid, is all it takes for them to realize, you know, ‘I can do this; I can be a mom,’ ” Tuley Lampke says. “And Canada Goose Online so it is very ironic Canada Goose online to me that people who are pro life would not also be pro Medicaid.”.