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H.R. 1976 (113th): Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of May 14, 2013 (Introduced).


I

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1976

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 14, 2013

(for herself, Ms. Moore, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Michaud, Ms. Norton, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Grijalva, and Mr. Keating) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide access to certified professional midwives for women enrolled in the Medicaid program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2013 .

2.

Requirements for coverage of services provided by certified professional midwives under Medicaid

(a)

Coverage of certified professional midwife services

Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. 1396d(a) ) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (28), by deleting and at the end;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (29) as paragraph (30); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (28) the following paragraph:

(29)

services that—

(A)

are furnished by a certified professional midwife (as defined by the Secretary); and

(B)

the certified professional midwife is legally authorized to perform under State law (or the State regulatory mechanism provided by State law); and

.

(b)

Inclusion in mandatory services

Section 1902(a)(10)(A) of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A) ) is amended, in the matter before clause (i)

(1)

by striking and before (28); and

(2)

by inserting , and (29) after (28) .

(c)

Effective date

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2015.

(2)

Rule for changes requiring State legislation

In the case of a State plan for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines requires State legislation (other than legislation appropriating funds) in order for the plan to meet the additional requirements imposed by the amendments made by this section, the State plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet these additional requirements before the later of the following dates:

(A)

The first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the State legislature that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(B)

The date in paragraph (1) .

For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that has a 2-year legislative session, each year of such session shall be deemed to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.