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Invite your elected officials to your birth center

Wednesday, December 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw

Congress and most state legislatures are now on a three week long recess until Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  It is essential that we take time to invest in educating our policymakers about birth centers and midwifery care.

RECENT EVENTS

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) (left) visiting a family at New Birth Company in Kansas.

New Birth Company in Overland Park, Kansas hosted U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and his staff on November 25, 2013. New Birth Company founders Cathy Gordon and Kendra Wyatt were pleased to share their center with Congressman Yoder.

During a short tour, they provided him with information about the birth center, the AABC Medicaid implementation talking points, a Birth Center Study II summary and an article about recent actions in South Carolina. They also invited the Congressman to utilize them as a resource regarding healthcare insurance (commercial or Medicaid), maternity, birth, midwifery or birth center topics.  Additionally, they highlighted their entrepreneurial journey from two to twenty employees over span of just two years. 

TAKE ACTION 

Call your elected official's home office to invite your representative/senator to visit your birth center.  Be persistent! 

When they visit, be sure to have handouts on your services, statistics, the National Birth Center Study II (download the NBCSII Fact Sheet and/or the NBCSII article) and the AABC Strong Start Grant announcement.

This is a great publicity opportunity for you and your elected official.  Be sure to take photos and send them to your local paper, social media and AABC!

BE IN THE KNOW

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: MAJOR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS

December 23, 2013 deadline for coverage that begins on January 1, 2014

Extended payment time until December 31, 2013 for coverage that begins January 1, 2014 

The federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which has been providing coverage to about 100,000 residents with severe health conditions, has been extended by one month to January 2014. These people were unable to purchase private coverage prior to the ACA.

There have been ongoing discussions to make additional voluntary accommodations for new enrollees such as continuing coverage for patient's preferred physicians even if they are out-of-network under their new coverage plan.

BUDGET DEAL: A MIXED SOLUTION

The good news  

A two-year agreement to help alleviate budget wars and a potential government shutdown 

No cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

The bad news  

Nothing to correct the fundamental problem that Americans are struggling to find decent work. As President Obama stated in his address on inequality, "A relentlessly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit."

Funding was not restored to WIC, schools and new clean energy initiatives

No renewal of unemployment extension benefits

For more information or questions please contact Karen S. Fennell, MS, RN, Consultant, Lobbyist for the American Association of Birth Centers at fennell.karen.s@gmail.com or 301-830-3910.


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