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The House of Representatives of Texas proposed and passed House Bill 158 (HB 158) which establishes a pilot program for Medicaid coverage of doula services. While HB 158 was passed by the House in 2021 (105 Ayes; 40 Nays; 2 Present, not voting). The bill was referred to the Senate, but the legislature adjourned before any action was taken by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.
Under HB 158, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission would establish initiate the pilot program in the most populous county in the state, and the county with the greatest maternal health support needs (determined by the county’s maternal and infant mortality rates and number of births to Medicaid recipients). The Commission would also establish the qualifications for a doula to participate in the pilot program.
How to Get Involved in the Lawmaking Process
The current legislative cycle is coming to a close but the next cycle will begin in January 10, 2023. If you would like to get involved in advocating for similar legislation reach out to your legislator or one of the bills authors: Rep. Thierry, Rep. Hull, Rep. Rose, Rep. Walle.
In September 2021, Dell Children’s Health Plan and Amerigroup Texas, is launching a pilot program to provide doula services to 25 Medicaid beneficiaries. Through the program, Dell and Amerigroup will work with Giving Austin Labor Support to connect new moms with doulas.
A new pilot program connects moms with doulas, KXAN (September 12, 2021).
Links to official documentation and information is provided where and when possible. Please consult local government authorities for current and accurate information.