California’s state budget enacted in June 2021 included Medicaid coverage of doula services.
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Medicaid coverage of doula services is set to begin July 1, 2022. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is working with stakeholders on implementation. This benefit will be available to all pregnant and postpartum women regardless of immigration status and will be “full spectrum,” providing care regardless of how a pregnancy ends–prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth.