Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grassroots Network: Getting Medicaid Reimbursement for Birth Centers

Dear Friends,

Here's one more action you can take to Support CPMs and Out of Hospital Birth!

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has been working hard to address a critical challenge for birth centers: no Medicaid reimbursement for facility fees, which threatens the very existence of many birth centers. (Did you know: about half of birth centers in the U.S. are owned and operated by Certified Professional Midwives, and CPMs and CNMs work side by side in many.)

Please support this important effort! AABC has been successful in getting amendments introduced in both the House and the Senate that should be part of the health care reform bills now being prepared in Congress. Now we can all help by making sure our U.S. Senators and Representatives know about this provision and that we, their constituents, want it included.

Read the Alert "What do the Birth Center Bill and the Tour de France have in common?" at . It includes links for everything you need to know to effectively contact your Congress people about this issue.

Susan Hodges, "gatekeeper"

1 comment:

Bobby said...

Thank you for bringing awareness to this problem. Birth centers are a great choice for women as an alternative to hospitals. Reimbursement by medicaid is important to allow women to have this option open to them. Birth centers are really comforting to many women, and taking this option away from them because of medicaid is a real shame.