Birth Centers Take Center Stage in Washington, DC
Monday, March 17, 2014
Posted by: Kelly Shaw
WHAT'S HAPPENING: IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION
A new Washington Post/Kaiser Health News article highlights problems with Medicaid and managed care organizations contracting with birth centers
Women with Medicaid coverage are being denied access to birth center services
CMS needs to publish rules and regulations so states will implement Medicaid facility services payments correctly
So what does all of this mean? Many women across the country find that their Medicaid doesn't cover a birth center. CMS can solve this problem easily so that that states can implement payment. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Start by calling or emailing your elected official's Washington, DC office to tell your representative/senator about this issue. Tell them that CMS must issue rules and regulations for birth center payment. Click here to see how. Unsure of what to say? Use the talking points above to help you.
BE IN THE KNOW
Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO's) are refusing to contract with licensed birth centers in several states, stating that they are not required to do so. Rules and regulations published by CMS would clarify the issue that birth centers are mandated covered services to be covered by all state Medicaid plans, rather than an optional service.
Paying birth centers is not optional for state Medicaid programs or any Medicaid MCO's with which state plans may contract. State plans need direction from CMS so they can come into compliance with this statute.
Please click to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen S. Fennell, MS, RN, Consultant, Lobbyist for the American Association of Birth Centers at 301-830-3910 to let her know who you contacted so she can follow up.