2020 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Workgroup on Medicaid Doula Coverage (language only)

Item 291 #2s

Item 291 #2s

Health and Human Resources
Secretary of Health and Human Resources


Page 274, after line 38, insert:

"E. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall convene a workgroup to review and make recommendations regarding the state regulation of doulas and establishing a community doula benefit for pregnant women covered by Medicaid. The workgroup shall include representatives from the Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Department of Health Professions, as well as representatives from doula practitioners, stakeholder groups, and community organizations. The workgroup shall examine and report on the (i) federal requirements and permissibility associated with providing a Medicaid doula benefit; (ii) impact that state regulation would have on doula practitioners; (iii) a review of strategies other states have implemented;  (iv) an analysis of the approrpaite rates for such a benefit; and (v) the estimated costs to the state and practitioners over the next six years. The workgroup shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by November 1, 2020."


(This amendment establishes a workgroup to consider adding Medicaid coverage of doulas that was included in Senate Bill 29, that expires on June 30, 2020. This amendment in Senate Bill 30, which takes effect July 1, 2020, establishes the workgroup to allow an adequate period of time to adequately consider the requirements of the language and report back any recommendations.)