Petition to Texas Medicaid for Coverage of Midwives and Out-of-Hospital Birth

689 Signatures Goal: 500

Honorable Governor Rick Perry;
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Director, Thomas Suehs
TX Medicaid and CHIP Director Billy Milwee
Health and Human Services Council of Texas

We urge you to cover all facility fees and services provided by Licensed Midwives in Texas Birth Centers. Texas Medicaid must comply with the Birth Center section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka the Healthcare Reform Act). That law requires all state Medicaid plans to:
1) cover all facility fees of birth centers (including those owned or operated by Licensed Midwives); and
2) cover the professional fees of Licensed Midwives who provide prenatal care and birthing services in birth centers

Complying with this law would save the State of Texas millions of dollars each year, as demonstrated in other states. Numerous studies have proven that low-risk women who choose out-of-hospital births with Licensed Midwives receive excellent care and outcomes at a fraction of the cost of hospital births. In Texas, Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives provide care for women in 216 counties, including 115 counties without an obstetrician (9/2008). The American Public Health Association supports "the expansion of midwifery as a key strategy to improving access to care for childbearing families."

Texas' maternal health outcomes are among the worst in the United States (22.3 maternal deaths vs. 13.3 maternal deaths nationally). Texans need better access to high quality, low-cost prenatal and birthing services. Texas Medicaid should guarantee Medicaid recipients the same choices available to those with private insurance, especially when those services cost less than what taxpayers currently pay.

Please conserve scarce state funds by giving Medicaid patients access to high-quality, low-cost maternity service. Cover all services provided by Licensed Midwives in birth centers. Further savings could also be realized by covering ALL Medicaid-eligible births attended by Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives.


Sponsor

Texans for Midwifery and Mamas of Color Rising

Links

Check out Texans for Midwifery for more information:
http://texansformidwifery.org/

Mamas of Color Rising
http://mamasofcolorrising.wordpress.com/

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  • Stephanie M Lecker
    Stephanie M Lecker United States, Keller
    May 31, 2016
    May 31, 2016
    Anything to help Midwifery services! These experienced and intelligent women understand so much about women's bodies. They have practiced and proven their worth for centuries. There is no reason why these services should not be covered for low-risk women.
  • Amanda Bujaucius
    Amanda Bujaucius United States, Galveston
    Apr 21, 2016
    Apr 21, 2016
    Midwives provide a valuable service to women, especially in at risk populations. Please support the full scope of midwifery practice, the care they are certified to provide.
  • Elizabeth Ingram
    Elizabeth Ingram United States
    Aug 01, 2015
    Aug 01, 2015
    Midwives provide an amazing option for mothers to-be, and less expensive facilities too! Please allow Texas Medicaid to cover midwife costs and services. Thank you, God bless!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr 23, 2015
    Apr 23, 2015
    I would like to ask for your support in keeping midwifery alive for millions of women in Texas. It allows us the option to have a birth under the care of a licensed professional who will provide the utmost care to our unborn and birthed children. With that said, the pressure by doctors to to perform a Cesarean section is minimized or eliminated. I believe this to be a very important issue to be discussed because every woman deserves the right to choose how and where they will give birth.
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