H.552 An Act to increase access to nurse-midwifery services

Type:  Nursing 
This legislation requires insurers to pay nurse midwives the same as physicians for the same service. Nurse-Midwives are Advanced Practice Nurses, according to Massachusetts law and the Board of Registration in Nursing, and they are also considered independent practitioners, and do not have to work under the supervision of physicians.  Making reimbursement more equitable will enable Nurse-Midwives to expand their services in many under-served areas of the state.