If you are receiving this alert, then your federal Representative and/or Senator is a member of one of the key congressional committees with jurisdiction over the issue of granting prescriptive authority to midwives, specifically certified nurse-midwives in this instance, so that they may apply to become a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's DATA-waived provider of highly regulated medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat those grappling with an opioid or substance abuse disorder. ACNM recognizes that this is a "specialty" and that not all midwives have a want or need to provide/incorporate this type of treatment into their practice, but there are many within ACNM's ranks who want the ability to do so. Therefore, we need EVERYONE'S help with outreach to these key committee members.
On Monday evening, 9/17/18, the Senate passed their version of sweeping legislation to combat the nation's opioid epidemic. Unlike its counterpart in the House, the Senate's Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 does not include the critical provision (Section 3003 within H.R. 6) to make the current program permanent for Nurse-Practitioners and Physician's Assistants and expand prescriptive authority for MAT to CNMs and other APRN roles.
Not all hope is lost! The conference process is currently underway in the House and Senate to reconcile differences between both chambers' respective bills. Earlier this week 69 organizations, including ACNM, banded together to send a strong letter of support to House and Senate leadership for this much needed provision.
ACNM needs all members in receipt of this alert to take 5 minutes to advocate on behalf of your fellow midwives by sending a letter of support for Section 3003 in H.R. 6. ACNM has made it easy . . . just click on this link, plug in your address and send the ready-made letter to your legislator. Thank you in advance for your advocacy!
Click here for some "fast facts" and talking points on the need for additional MAT access.