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Pregnant women face risks when ERs break federal law

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Despite the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) being on the books for 30 years, some hospitals continue to violate the law and fail to provide care to patients in need. 

A famous case involving a pregnant woman in labor who was refused treatment at multiple hospitals that prompted passing of EMTALA in 1986, and investigators from Georgia Health News and WebMD found that pregnant women continue to be at risk. In fact, 8 percent of the cases the investigators found in 27 months of records involved pregnancy women. Read more.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, GNH's Andy Miller and host Lauren Baggett discuss some of the reasons why pregnant women seem to be disproportionately affected by EMTALA violations.