Blue Cross Blue

Document Sample
Blue Cross Blue Powered By Docstoc
					Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Helps High Risk Infants

Whenever we see neonates in the ICU, we can't help but feel a pang of
pity for these innocent individuals struggling for their lives. A major
health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, recently
started a program to help by giving breastfeeding moms of at-risk babies
across Tennessee a huge break. Tennessee Blue Cross Blue Shield calls it
the "Medela Breast Pump Program."It will provide free Medela breast pumps
to mothers who have infants being treated in Neonatal Intensive Care
Units or NICU's. The primary objective of the Medela Breast Pump Program
is to give these babies an increased chance of survival by increasing
breastfeeding rates.How Does BCBS of TN's Medela Breast Pump Program Help
At-Risk Babies?We all know that as compared to formula feeding,
breastfeeding gives more essential nutrients. Breast milk has antibodies
that can help fight diseases and infection. According to the American
Academy of Pediatrics, when mothers breastfeed their babies, it ensures
the best physical and psychosocial outcomes for the infant, especially
for premature babies. Thus, breastfeeding should always be promoted by
pediatricians.The Medela program partners with health care providers such
as doctors, hospitals and nurses to encourage mothers to breastfeed their
infants using the Medela breast pump not only in the hospital, but after
they return home, as well.The chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Tennessee, Inga Himelright, M.D., stated that the amazing and
jam-packed nutrients and health benefits from breast milk boost the
condition of newborns admitted in the NICU. Encouraging mothers to
breastfeed their babies can surely help these little ones survive their
most crucial and vulnerable period in life.Doctors at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center even took it to a notch higher by saying that
human milk can be the life and death determinant for at-risk infants.
According to Judy Aschner, M.D., the director of the Mildred Sathlman
Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt, "Human milk is the best possible
source of nutrition for almost all infants."What Tennessee Health
Insurance Plan Can Help Mothers And Infants?There are hundreds of TN
health insurance plans you can choose from to protect your beloved child.
Did you know that the new health insurance plans for Tennessee offers 100
percent coverage for preventive care services for mothers and newborns
even before you have met your deductible for the year?With a new
Tennessee health insurance plan, you do not have to worry about paying
out-of-pocket costs for co-pays and even deductibles for regular
preventive care services. Vaccinations are critical to newborns' health
and are completely covered. You do not have to worry about any out-of-
pocket medical costs for preventive care even if you get a co-pay plan.As
mandated by the Affordable Care Act, maternity and newborn care is an
essential health benefit that must be included in all new Tennessee
health insurance plans. In fact, maintaining your health and your babies'
health can ultimately lead to premiums on the low side because you'll
avoid the markups associated with pre-existing medical conditions.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Tags: Blue, Cross, Blue
Stats:
views:7
posted:2/12/2012
language:
pages:1
Description: Baby health care is one of the many concerns that a new mother needs to think about. A baby is a special blessing, but most mothers are unsure what they should do. Taking care of your newborn's skin is essential since this provides the foundation of healthy adult skin. Choosing the right skin care line for your child can be confusing since there are many to choose from. Ensuring the health of your infant is truly the most important thing for any parent.