MotherBaby Network

advocacy and commentary with a focus on Lane County, Oregon

Access to Licensed Direct Entry Midwives

Two important events affecting ongoing access to Oregon’s licensed direct-entry midwives happened in September.

#1: PEBB defers to Midwifery Licensing Board on coverage

The Public Employee Benefit Board will continue to follow guidelines established by the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery when determining coverage for members accessing maternity care with licensed direct-entry midwives. The Lund Report’s coverage:

Midwives Retain Status Quo with PEBB

PEBB Looks into High Risk Births

#2: Midwifery Licensing Board completes review of administrative rules:

The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery has completed it’s initial review of the administrative rules. On September 13, 2010 the board recommended proposed administrative rules to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA).  The agency filed proposed administrative rules with the Secretary of States Office which will be published in the Oregon Bulletin on October 1, 2010.

Public comment will close as of October 28, 2010, giving interested parties 28 days to comment.  On October 28, 2010, the agency and the board will hold a public hearing where oral testimony will be received by a contracted hearings officer.

Please send all comments to the following:
Samie Patnode, Policy Analyst
700 Summer St NE, Suite 320
Salem, OR 97301-1287
samie.patnode@state.or.us
Work: (503) 373-1917
Fax: (503) 585-9114

The Legislation and Rules Committee will meet on December 4, 2010, to review proposed administrative rules and make final recommendations to the board of December 10, 2010.  On December 10, 2010, the full board will meet to review and consider all comments and recommendations from the committee, public and hearing officer.  At this meeting the board will recommend permanent rule adoption to the agency.

Proposed rules have been filed by Division.  Division 25 and 30 have been combined to administrative purposes.  The following are Secretary of State required documents and proposed rule text. 

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