H.R. 2358 Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act
U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Lois Capps (D-CA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced the Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act to ensure Medicaid birth center facility fee payments to states. Over the past few years, CMS has begun disallowing federal matching funds for state Medicaid payments for freestanding birth center services. Birth centers have been recognized by CMS (and earlier, by HCFA) as a Medicaid provider type in State Medicaid Plans since 1987. Recently, however, CMS has disallowed such payment by several state Medicaid Agencies, including Alaska, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington State, claiming that it lacks clear statutory authority and direction to allow these payments. CMS has directed its regional offices to stop federal payments to any state for birth center services. Texas recently lost an appeal that would have directed CMS to continue paying for birth center facility fees in the state – as it had for over 20 years. This bill will direct CMS to make payment to the states for birth center services.
This action by CMS puts pregnant women at risk of losing access to safe, high quality maternity care. Birth centers in other states are now at risk of losing this reimbursement. Here are the facts about birth centers:
Co-sponsor this legislation directing CMS to pay birth center facility fees immediately!
Inaction means more Medicaid mothers will give birth in emergency rooms – without midwives or OBs
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