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is there going to be some type of 'universal', 'nationalized' healthcare for the U.S.A., and will it cover midwives, homebirths, birthcenters???

Can you please give me some good links if you know of any.
Is there even still going to be some type of medicare for everyone, or whatever it is going to care reform. Tell me the name it is if I don't have it right. Is this something that is being talked about, discussed.
I hope so!


Asked by Anonymous at 10:30 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • `(3)(A) The term `freestanding birth center services' means services furnished to an individual at a freestanding birth center (as defined in subparagraph (B)), including by a licensed birth attendant (as defined in subparagraph (C)) at such center.
    `(B) The term `freestanding birth center' means a health facility--
    `(i) that is not a hospital; and
    `(ii) where childbirth is planned to occur away from the pregnant woman's residence.
    `(C) The term `licensed birth attendant' means an individual who is licensed or registered by the State involved to provide health care at childbirth and who provides such care within the scope of practice under which the individual is legally authorized to perform such care under State law (or the State regulatory mechanism provided by State law), regardless of whether the individual is under the supervision of, or associated with, a physician or other

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:10 PM on Sep. 1, 2009

  • If you are talking about the HR3200 health care reform bill, I didnt see anything that had to do with any of this. I'm sure you wouldnt have your choice of choosing a home birth.. they choose for you.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • There's a whole big section in the bill about cutting medical costs...though they are not specific on exact treatments.

    They do say an appointed leader will be given the power to analyze costs and procedures and various sorts of patients and make rules from there.

    So what will happen is some crony in Washington will notice the costs of rushing a mom to the hospital when the odd home (or other location) birth goes bad, and decide it's too expensive, and not cover it.

    Unless maybe the If lobbyists for home births shout really loud, he might decide to cover some of it.

    ....anyway the whole plan is supposed to have about a $2,000 deductible. You can almost pay for a home birth out of pocket for that anyway.

    My thoughts are: be careful what you wish for. If you wish for a crony deciding what's good for you based on statistics and lobbyist then that's what you'll get.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:00 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Hmmm. I wonder if UHC would support another OctoMom.

    Answer by thundernlight at 11:09 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • They have this in it
    So I am sure there will be a section added shortly about Midwife coverage.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 11:40 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • does anyone here even understand how high the infant and maternal mortality is in the US. One of the highest in industrialized countries. Also highest in interventions and cesareans.
    i just want to have a natural birth with a midwife in a birthcenter, close to a hospital and transferred there ONLY if there is a medical need. i know that some gov insurances already cover some of these, but like in my state it has to be an open card which you can rarely get. otherwise it is all out of pocket but yes it is a LOT cheaper to do it that way than in a hospital
    i had a hospital birth. at about 5 months pregnant. i had no fetal monitoring. we had u/s. talked to specialists (because of water breaking so early and preterm labor) no pit, or other inductions besides one dose of cervidil. and one day in the hospital room. one er visit. it cost ten thousand dollars. i didnt get to leave with a baby. i almost had to pay it all.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Allowing too much leeway for homebirths is going to seriously cut into their campaign contributions from big pharm. Don't count on much.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:46 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • not even homebirths
    births and pre/postnatal care with midwives, even regular woman's care with midwives?
    there are still a lot of people that think births need to be in hospitals so i dont think they will lose to many people...........they just need to cover midwives and birthcenters , even naturopathics and homeopathics. what about chiropractors? massage? natural remedies. the country is getting wise on how terrible big pharm can be.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • homebirths are not generally covered by private insurances so I cannot imagine it being covered with a national plan. However... will they allow you to have a home birth? will they allow you to have a non-medicated birth? or to use a midwife instead of a doctor?

    Answer by TinasTribe at 6:27 AM on Sep. 1, 2009

  • There is a part in it will government/medical officials can visit homes of parents ....

    (p. 838/SEC. 440. HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES, Line 13+)........  But it is more to assess parents.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:31 AM on Sep. 1, 2009