“Medicaid wants to cut funding for birth centers, where midwives give families personalized care,” says Kahn, who is also a registered nurse. “Help me fight for safe cost-effective birthing options. Visit BirthCenters.org and tell your legislators to support choices for mothers.”
Kahn is referring to the fact that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the federal agency that runs Medicare/Medicaid — is refusing to pay the federal percentage of Medicaid payments that states might make to birth centers. This marks a major policy shift, as birth centers have been recognized as a Medicaid provider type in State Medicaid Plans since 1987. Here’s more information on what’s happening with funding.