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 seen 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.

This issue brief explores some of the proposed and enacted legislation at the state level that seek to add doula care to Medicaid coverage.

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