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HR 1054 Introduced to Congress: Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2011

Birth advocates all over the country are applauding Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine for the introduction of a new bill that would increase legal access to Certified Professional Midwives all over the United States for mothers enrolled in medicaid programs.

Often women who are under the insurance coverage of medicaid have limited access to midwives in general because there is no coverage, or midwives willing to participate with medicaid, but this will hopefully change and increase these options for women to ensure they have the option to have the birth experience they want.

Currently in the United States women who choose to have a delivery with a Certified Professional Midwife often have to pay for their prenatal care, and birth out of pocket as most insurance companies do not offer coverage or reimbursement for the care, which typically run much less than the average delivery, estimated at nearly $30,000 today.   CPM’s often charge between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on the area of the country they practice in.

Huge difference, and this could be a large cost saving option for government funded health care, especially in mothers who choose care with these providers.

The MAMA Campaign published:

“I believe it’s important that women are able to have the birth experience they want, regardless of where they live and how much money they make. That is why it’s important that women with Medicaid coverage have the same access to high quality, safe, and cost-effective services,” Congresswoman Pingree said.  The Congresswoman is known in Maine and Washington, DC as a sensitive, independent voice for social and health issues that affect families everywhere.

Here is to hoping this bill makes it somewhere!

Photo of Rep. Chellie Pingree

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