Issue Brief: A Guide to Proposed and Enacted Legislation for Medicaid Coverage for Doula Care

Executive Summary

As maternal mortality is increasingly recognized as a national health crisis, especially for women of color, providing doula services to pregnant people is being upheld as a means of reducing high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. Although we know that maternal mortality impacts Black women at every level of education and income, doulas are particularly difficult for low-income women to afford. For this reason, the National Health Law Program has been advocating for Medicaid reimbursement for doula care, to provide low-income women this method of birthing support.

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