senate Bill S8967

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes a work group to set reimbursement rates for doulas in the state Medicaid program and address other criteria related to their practice

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 03, 2022 committed to rules
May 17, 2022 advanced to third reading
May 16, 2022 2nd report cal.
May 11, 2022 1st report cal.1347
May 02, 2022 referred to health


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May 9, 2022 - Health committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
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Health Committee Vote: May 9, 2022

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excused (1)


S8967 (ACTIVE) - Details

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S8967 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a 14 member doula Medicaid reimbursement work group within the department of health to set reimbursement rates for doulas in the state Medicaid program and address other criteria related to their practice; requires the work group to conduct a study and evaluate the costs, benefits and issues that may be associated with Medicaid reimbursement for doulas and for providing doula care to Medicaid recipients; makes related provisions.

S8967 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8967 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                                May 2, 2022
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BROUK  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
 AN ACT to establish a work group to set reimbursement rates  for  doulas
   in  the  state  Medicaid program and address other criteria related to
   their practice
   Section  1.  The  legislature  acknowledges  the excluded history that
 healthcare workers and doulas have as members of  historically  excluded
 communities,  and acknowledges the exclusionary forces these professions
 have had  in  gaining  the  recognition,  certification,  and  equitable
 compensation  for  the  critical  work  they  do  in pregnancy, maternal
 health, maternal mental health, and childcare. The legislature  declares
 that  it  is the purpose of this work group to examine and recommend the
 best practices for integrating doulas into  New  York  state's  Medicaid
 healthcare  system  and  ensuring  the  state  is  prepared and ready to
 elevate the critical work doulas perform  across  historically  excluded
 communities across the state of New York.
   §  2.  There  is  hereby  established in the department of health, the
 doula Medicaid reimbursement work group, hereinafter referred to as  the
 "work  group."  The  majority  of the members of the work group shall be
 composed of doulas, as well as multi-disciplinary experts in  the  field
 of  doula  services and maternal health who serve and are representative
 of the racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic diversity of  birth-
 ing  people  in communities across the state served by the state's Medi-
 caid program.
   § 3. The work group shall be composed of fourteen members, which shall
 include eight members to be appointed by the governor as follows:
   a. the commissioner of the department of health or his, her, or  their
   b. five representatives who may either be practicing doulas, or doulas
 in  training,  or  individuals  with  expertise  in  the  field of doula
   c. one representative serving maternal health needs;
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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