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CALL TO ACTION! SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON ILLINOIS’ BIRTH CENTER RULES DURING THE 45-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD!

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
September 20, 2010

CALL TO ACTION! SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON ILLINOIS’ BIRTH CENTER RULES DURING THE 45-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD!

As a supporter of Health & Medicine we know you share our commitment to making Freestanding Birth Centers a reality in Illinois…that’s why we need your help now to make a change in the Rules as published.

As you know, following the enactment of Public Act 095-0445 we’ve been working with the Illinois Department of Public Health for the past 3 years to develop rules and regulations governing the establishment of birth centers in Illinois.

While the Illinois Birth Center Task Force has reviewed these PROPOSED RULES and agrees with them in the most part, we still have concerns about several burdensome and unnecessary requirements.   We have prepared a list of recommended changes categorized by those proposed rules that we believe are most critical ("Highest Priority) to amend or delete, and those that are of lower priority.  Read our recommendations here. 

The proposed rules for the Birth Center Demonstration Project have been posted on the Illinois Register and are now available for public comment. You can view them at:   Illinois Register.BirthCenters (go to page 12012). or cut and paste http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume34_issue34.pdf

The public still has a brief opportunity to add additional comments and suggestions.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you use this opportunity to have an impact on the viability of establishing Birth Centers in Illinois.  Even if you live in another state, your comments will be useful – particularly if you have experience with existing birth centers or with a birth center review process!

After you read our recommendations, we urge you to use them in part or in whole to develop your response.

Finally, because the next step  is for IDPH to submit their final responses to body called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), it would be helpful if you would talk with your legislator if he or she is on JCAR. The list can be found at: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/member.pdf

Please send your comments to the following address.  They most be postmarked by October 1, 2010!

Susan Meister

Illinois Department of Public Health

535 West Jefferson St., 5th Floor

Springfield, Illinois 62761

217/782-2043

e-mail: dph.rules@illinois.gov

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