Essay on The PPACA: Obesity and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

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Current statistics indicate that in the United States 4 out of 10 girls will become pregnant at least once before the age of 20 (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). This population of mothers is more likely to dropout then other adolescents in their age group (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). In fact, more than 60% of teens who give birth before the age of 18 will drop out of high school, putting them at a greater risk of being impoverished later in life (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). Additionally, the children of adolescent mothers are more likely to have complicated deliveries that can lead to chronic medical and developmental problems (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1315). With higher rates of poverty as well as increased pregnancy …show more content…
Current statistics indicate that in the United States 4 out of 10 girls will become pregnant at least once before the age of 20 (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). This population of mothers is more likely to dropout then other adolescents in their age group (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). In fact, more than 60% of teens who give birth before the age of 18 will drop out of high school, putting them at a greater risk of being impoverished later in life (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1314). Additionally, the children of adolescent mothers are more likely to have complicated deliveries that can lead to chronic medical and developmental problems (Harris & Allgood, 2009, p.1315). With higher rates of poverty as well as increased pregnancy complications, many teenage mothers may require assistance with acquiring health insurance, childcare, and various other services.
With the passing of the ACA, the Department of Health and Human Services in a partnership with the Secretary of Education established a Pregnancy Assistance Fund that distributes $25 million annually for the fiscal years 2010-2019 (Boonstra, 2010, p.11). In an attempt to make it easy for expectant mothers to be able to carry their pregnancies to term, this grant program provides states with funds, to be used at their discretion, for four specified groups of activities (Boonstra, 2010, p.11). While the program extends services to all pregnant or parenting women, many services are tailored to the needs of teens and
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