Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Birth Center Reimbursement

H.R. 2358 - The Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act - Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

In support of midwives, birth centers, and womens choices for childbirth, I urge you to do what you can to get this bill passed. I know many of us are not on Medicaid, and many more would choose not to birth in a birth center, but this is the beginning of the end for women's options for childbirth. If this bill passes and Medicaid continues to reimburse for birth center deliveries, insurance companies will follow suit. So many birth centers have already closed.

As a midwifery student, a nurse who works with wonderful midwives, a Mom who chose midwives for prenatal care, this is something that is very important to me, to all women. Women deserve to have choices when it come to childbirth.

What you need to know:

U.S. Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) have introduced the Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act to ensure Medicaid birth center facility fee payments to states.

President Obama announced that health care leaders have pledged to save the nation $2 trillion in the next 10 years. Birth centers are part of the solution to our soaring maternity care costs, and they also provide a safety net for Medicaid women. This is not the time to be discontinuing payment to facilities that provide safe, cost-effective care for healthy women with Medicaid.

What you need to do:

1) Call your U.S. Representatives and Senators
Ask your Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 2358 The Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act. Ask your Senators to sponsor a Senate Bill Click here to learn how to contact your Legislators in 6 easy steps.

2) Continue to spread the word/collect signatures for the Consumer Letter
We are over half way to our goal of 10,000 signatures by May 31st. Let's keep the momentum going. Spread the word via email, facebook, put the letter in your waiting rooms, on your websites. Make our voices heard!

3) Continue to collect signatures for the Physician Letter
from our friends in the medical community. Legislators want to know that we have support from physicians.
(Get on board OHIO!!! There is only one Ohio doc signature)

1 comment:

Kristina said...

Thank you for the links! I'm sending them to my loud mouth dh to start sending letters!! :D