WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met this week with Dr. Wayne Trout of Hillard, a representative of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  He was joined by three other ACOG members – Drs. John Jennings, President of ACOG; Thomas McInerny, past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Hal Lawrence, Executive Vice President of ACOG. The group attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents where they thanked him for introducing the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act, legislation that would help ensure the 62 million Americans who depend on Medicaid can maintain access to primary care.

The Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act would make it easier for primary care providers to treat patients with Medicaid insurance coverage.  By extending a provision from the health law that aimed to increase the number of Medicaid primary care providers, the bill would provide reimbursements for services on par with Medicare reimbursements. The bill would also add more types of primary care providers to this extension, including OB/GYNs, nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants – who provide a great deal of care to woman and children. 

“It was an honor to meet with Drs. Jennings, Lawrence, McInerny, and Trout,” Brown said. “Their work is critical for the many women and children in need of quality health care that is comprehensive and affordable.”

According to their website, ACOG is an organization for obstetricians, gynecologists, and women’s health care providers that strives to provide quality education and health care for women worldwide. The organization seeks to improve women’s health care through research, advocacy, and organizational support and services for ACOG members.  For more information about ACOG, please visit www.acog.org