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The Harkin Amendment and How it Affects Birth Centers

Wednesday, April 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw

This amendment was added to the Affordable Care Act by long time Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin (D), as a means to prevent against providers (like birth centers) from being discriminated.   However, there is nothing that has been written by the legislators to help guide federal health administrators to interpret what this actually means.  So instead of creating rules or regulations to clear this up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has done nothing. Eventually this will get interpreted by federal courts but that could take years. 

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