Your help will be essential to achieving this year’s legislative agenda - expanding access to midwifery for as many families as possible in California.
Here are the bills we are working on right now:
SB 407 - Expanding Access to Midwifery Care Through the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.
This bill is a critical step in CAM's legislative strategy to expand Medi-Cal coverage to licensed midwives in California.
The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program became a Medi-Cal benefit in 1987. California licensed midwives are not currently, but should be, recognized as eligible providers of these benefits, which fall squarely within their scope of practice.
Medi-Cal-eligible women receive comprehensive services, including prenatal care, health education, nutrition services, and psychosocial support for up to 60 days after delivery of their infants. These are all services that licensed midwives already provide to their clients.
The passage of AB1308 was a critical first step toward Medi-Cal reimbursement, but there are still administrative and legislative barriers. CAM has developed a legislative strategy designed to secure Medi-Cal coverage.
Although the passage of this bill will not be the final step in securing Medi-Cal coverage, it is a critical step in the process.
Medi-Cal coverage can impact *all* families in our state. Not only would expanded coverage mean that low-income families will have access to care. Because private insurers often look to Medi-Cal to determine coverage, it could also mean increased coverage for many other families.We need YOUR help to get this bill passed
so that we can move forward on the next steps needed to secure Medi-Cal coverage.
SB 408. Creating a legal definition for "midwife assistants."
If passed, this bill will allow a 'midwife assistant' to legally assist a licensed midwife at a birth center or home birth. Currently, the opinion of the Medical Board is that only another licensed maternity care provider or a registered student at a board approved school can legally act as an assistant. SB 408 is authored by Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga and sponsored by the Medical Board of California.
This bill will expand access to midwifery care, particularly in rural or underserved areas, by expanding the reach of existing providers. As two providers typically attend each birth, allowing a 'midwife assistant' (instead of another licensed midwife) could double capacity.
Your help is needed to secure the passage of this legislation too!
Three Action Steps You Can Take:
- Watch your inbox for action alerts. We need you and your clients to take action! We know that legislators want to hear from midwives *and* consumers. Watch your inbox - we will send you regular updates and action alerts.
- Save the date. If you are near Sacramento, please save the date for the next hearing: April 15th.
- Watch your inbox and our Facebook page. The need for calls, emails, and other actions can be urgent and hard-to-predict. We'll send you action alerts (gmail users, please be sure to drag our emails from the promotions tab to your primary tab) and provide updates on our Facebook page (please like, comment, and share!).