Advocacy & Health Policy: Top ACOG Advocates Storm Hill for Higher Medicaid Payment
John C. Jennings, MD, ACOG President
ACOG’s top legislative initiative during this lame-duck session is to extend the provision that increases Medicaid reimbursement for primary care services to Medicare levels and to ensure that ob-gyns join family physicians, internists, and pediatricians as designated primary care providers receiving the bump. Right now, ob-gyns are receiving, on average, only 60% of what the other physicians are paid for the same Medicaid Evaluation and Management (E&M) codes.
From L to R: ACOG EVP & CEO Hal Lawrence, MD; AAP Immediate Past President Tom McInerny, MD; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); ACOG President John Jennings, MD; and Wayne Trout, MD, FACOG.
Photo courtesy of Lucia DiVenere
To make sure that our poorest patients have access to care, I led 40 of ACOG’s top advocates from across the United States, joined by representatives from the American Academy of Pediatricians and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to deliver our message to the Hill: “Don’t Leave Women Behind.” After more than 100 congressional meetings covering 24 states, including crucial meetings with Republican and Democratic leadership in both chambers, U.S. legislators heard us loud and clear!
To amplify the message, ACOG ran digital and print ads all week in Politico, DC’s most-read Hill news organization. ACOG Fellows from across the country called and emailed their U.S. senators and representatives, sharing the “Don’t Leave Women Behind” message.
This truly was an excellent push, but our work is far from over. We have to be in this together. Contact your senators and representative on ACOG’s toll-free congressional hotline: (855) 350-5947. When you call, I’ll coach you on what to say and directly connect you to your legislators’ offices. Click here to view a helpful one-pager. I urge you to do it today.
ACOG advocates can also get more involved in ACOG’s work on Capitol Hill by attending ACOG’s 33rd Annual Congressional Leadership Conference: The President’s Conference. Early registration is now open. We invite all Fellows and Junior Fellows to attend this important event. You can register by clicking here. Your voice makes a difference!