Midwife Bill Clears Health Committee, Requires License

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Exemptions to the law will remain for traditional cultures, while midwives without a license will be prohibited from advertising their services under an amended bill struck by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland

Editor's Note: This bill has been corrected from its earlier version.

April 15, 2013 — The House Health Committee passed a direct midwife licensing bill, deciding to prohibit people from advertising midwifery services without a license.

Oregon Midwives Face New Regulation

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Meanwhile, they continue to push for broader Oregon Health Plan coverage

January 30, 2013 -- Practitioners of one of medicine’s oldest professions could face new regulation in Oregon after this coming legislative session. And implementation of the Affordable Care Act could bring even more changes – though that remains far from clear. What is certain is that many midwives across the state are worried.

The issues are twofold:

Alternative Practitioners Could Face Legal Hurdles with CCOs

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Rep. Dennis Richardson might throw a monkey wrench into the mix during the upcoming legislative session

January 8, 2013 -- Oregon statute is quite clear about allowing people on the Oregon Health Plan to receive care from complementary and alternative medical practitioners – acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists and nurse midwives.

A non-discriminatory amendment is embedded in the legislation (Senate Bill 1580) that called for the creation of coordinated care organizations – charged with integrating physical, mental and dental care for low-income people on Medicaid.

Unlicensed Home Births in Reform Spotlight

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Advocates working through a series of rule changes with Oregon Health Licensing Agency

May 21, 2012 -- Health safety advocates and members of the midwifery profession are trying to come together to build momentum for a series of regulatory and cultural changes to address increased concern about home births.

Oregon’s unique rules regarding out-of-hospital delivery have come under the spotlight following high-profile court cases involving infant death and permanent crippling.

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