NJ FamilyCare Increases Reimbursement Rates For All Maternal Care Providers

Speaking in Hopewell Township this morning, First Lady Tammy Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced that NJ FamilyCare has increased the reimbursement rates for perinatal, midwifery and community doula care providers.

The increases are retroactively effective as of July 1, and made possible by $15 million appropriated in the most recent state budget – matched by $15 million in federal funding – and federal approvals secured by Human Services for NJ FamilyCare, which is the state’s Medicaid and CHIP program.

NJ FamilyCare covers approximately 30,000 New Jersey births each year, or about 30 percent of births in the state.

Under the changes:

  • Reimbursement rates for physicians and midwives will match 100 percent of current Medicare rates for certain maternity-related services, up from 50 percent.
  • All midwives will receive the same reimbursement rate as physicians for all covered services. This includes midwifery care outside of maternity-related care, such as routine gynecological care.
  • Community doulas will receive $1,165 for labor support and eight perinatal visits, up from $900.
“Raising the reimbursement rates for our maternal care providers is both a groundbreaking and commonsense step toward improving New Jersey’s maternal health outcomes,” First Lady Tammy Murphy said.
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  1. They don’t tell you that this is coming out of your state and federal taxes for years to come as the insurance companies are headed for bankruptcy.

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