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Arkansas introduced House Bill 1580 in 2021 proposing a board to investigate best practices, barriers, and impact of structural and historical racism.
The bill would require the governor to appoint a doula among the members of the committee and the committee to investigate ethnically diverse, culturally competent, and affordable doula services as a practice to address racial inequity in maternal mortality. In addition to a range of other information, the bill also required the committee to investigate availability, affordability, and adequacy of public or private insurance including coverage for doula services.