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The 111th Congress: Legislation of Interest to ACNM Members

ACNM has endorsed the following legislation in the 111th Congress:

1. Amendment to the amendment in the nature of a substitute to HR 3200: Sec. 1726 Quality Measures for Maternity and Adult Health Services under Medicaid and CHIP

This amendment provides for the development, implementation, and reporting ofperformance measures of maternity care received by Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.

2. Women’s Medical Home Demonstration Act: S1303

This legislation would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a women’s medical home demonstration project. Read a letter of endorsement from ACNM for this legislation.

3. Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Investment Act of 2009: S1104/HR2754
This legislation would establish a Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Investment program.

4. Breastfeeding Promotion Act: HR2819 / S1244
This legislation would protect breastfeeding; provide performance standard for breast pumps; and provide tax incentives to encourage breastfeeding.

5. Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing: HR1894/S769
This legislation is designed to improve access to bone mass measurement benefits under Medicare part B.

6. Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act: HR20/S324

This legislation would provide for research on and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis.

7. H.CON.RES.48/ S.CON.RES.6

This resolution asserts that national health reform should ensure that the health care needs of women and of all individuals in the United States are met.

ACNM has also been working on the following additional bills and issues:

1. Preserving Patient Access to Primary Care Act of 2009 HR2350/S1174 (the Schwartz/Cantwell bill)

This legislation would increase the number of primary care physicians and primary care providers and improve access to primary care and other health care services, and would authorize additional reimbursement for physician- and nurse practitioner-directed “medical homes”.

2. Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act HR2358

This legislation would require Medicaid coverage for freestanding birth center services.

3. Global Maternal Health Roundtable
The Maternal Health Roundtable urges Congress to provide substantial increases above the President’s request for U.S. global maternal health programs as part of the FY 2010 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.

For more information, contact Patrick Cooney at 202-347-0034, or [email protected].


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