Medicaid Crisis – Call to Action
BIRTHING FAMILIES, have you sought out-of-hospital midwifery services from Medicaid and been denied?
MIDWIVES, have you worked with clients who have been denied midwifery services from Medicaid?
If so, VMA needs your help! Read on.
Medicaid is moving to managed care, and clients are being enrolled in managed care. Managed care organizations deny most out-of-hospital midwives to become part of their managed care systems because most midwives do not carry malpractice insurance.
BUT Medicaid includes out-of-hospital midwives as Medicaid providers. Certified Professional Midwives have been providers for 10 years, and they provide excellent midwifery care AND save Medicaid money.
NOW is the time for you to contact your state legislators and let them know that Medicaid is making it near impossible for you and other families to have the maternity provider of your choice. PLEASE take a few minutes to contact your state delegate and senator and let them know that this situation must change. ASK them to contact Medicaid to find a solution to the access problem.
Birthing families AND midwives can make these contacts.
If you do not know who your delegate and state senator are, click this link and follow the directions:
Remember to contact your delegate and state senator,
NOT Senators Kaine and Warner and your Congresspeople. This is a state problem and must be addressed by your state legislators.
What is VMA doing?
● VMA hired legal representation from Bevin Alexander Esq., a well-respected attorney in the Virginia midwifery
● VMA is researching and reaching out to legislative allies
● VMA is continuing to work with DMAS
How will legal representation help us?
● Using his knowledge, background, and experience to improve VA Medicaid coverage options
● Guiding communication with DMAS
● Ensuring that rights and laws are protected
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS LEGAL REPRESENTATION!
You can send contributions to:
●Via PayPal: paypal.me/virginiamidwives (if credit card, please cover the 3% fee for credit cards). Sending money from your PayPal balance and bank account are other PayPal options.
● Send a check to Virginia Midwives Alliance to our treasurer:
Virginia Midwives Alliance
c/o Maya Hawthorn
508 Winthrop Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Families have more reach and power than midwives alone. Please give as generously as you can!
The Virginia Midwives Alliance is a 501c6 professional organization, therefore, donations are not tax deductible. Please give anyway!
THIS AFFECTS EVERYONE! THIS IS A PERSONAL FREEDOM ISSUE; THIS IS A MEDICAL AUTONOMY ISSUE; THIS IS A CHOICE ISSUE; THIS IS A RACE ISSUE; THIS IS A CLASS ISSUE; THIS IS A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ISSUE; THIS IS A GOVERNMENT OVERREACH ISSUE!
For More Information, Contact the VMA Medicaid Liaison Workgroup:
Phone: Crystal Fink CPM, LM (540) 676-7288 or Degra Nofsinger (540) 312-0099