Medicaid Home Births Coming in December, but Not for CCOs

The state plans to adopt an uneasy compromise that will carve out the pregnancy benefit package for women that will be delivered outside of the coordinated care organization program. Finding a permanent fix for such care by CCOs may take further legislation and will likely be an issue in the 2015 session.

By Christopher David Gray for The Lund Report, 9-4-14

Oregon women who receive care through the Oregon Health Plan should get the chance to receive the services of a midwife for normal childbirths starting this winter, but their care will take place outside the coordinated care organizations for the foreseeable future.

Starting Dec. 1, the rules should be in place for women to receive an “open card” for their pregnancy benefit package if they want the services of a midwife. This option will not be carved out of any care they already receive from CCOs, which haven’t found a way to offer the service.