Challenge to Mitchell's Prenatal Care Bill Falls Flat

March 26, 2012

It seemed like a win-win: Low-income pregnant first-time mothers get the early prenatal care they need and might not be able to afford otherwise for their babies; and taxpayers and insurance companies save money in the long run by reducing the number of notoriously at-risk low-birthweight babies, whose medical needs cost 10 times that of full-term babies.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, last week presented the Assembly Committee on Human Services with AB 1640, a bill that would give low-income pregnant women access to funding through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program without proving they're in their third trimester.