May 10, 2018

This past weekend, AABC's Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C.  Many of us also attended the March for Moms on Sunday and made more than 25 visits to key legislators on the Hill on May 7th and 8th.

We are excited to announce that we are getting close to having our birth center bill, the BABIES Act introduced!

The BABIES Act would:

  • Set up demonstration projects for birth centers in 8 states
  • Give support to those states to establish cost-based payment systems for professional and facility payments for Medicaid
  • Show that birth center care can save Medicaid dollars - even when birth centers are paid more
  • Eventually lead to a federal model birth center with cost-based reimbursement

As soon as the bill is introduced we will send out the bill numbers so you may contact your elected officials.  Watch for that announcement.

Contact me if you believe your legislator will co-sponsor this bill.  We need bipartisan support!

Other important bills to support this week are the:

  • Maternal Health Accountability Act (S.112) which would make grants available through HHR for states to implement Maternal Mortality Review Boards and to better identify causes of maternal deaths related to pregnancy.  Currently in Senate HELP Committee.
  • Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (S.783) which addresses maternity care shortages and passed the House in early 2017.  The bill is currently in Senate HELP Committee.

Sincerely,

Jill Alliman

Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM
Government Relations Committee Chair

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