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Boston, Massachusetts | May 31, 2023

Legislative Priorities

HD 4006/SD 1160

An Act Increasing Access to Maternal Postpartum Home Visiting Services
Introduced by Representative Marjorie Decker (D-MA) and Representative Chynah Tyler (D-MA)

This bill would require all public and private insurers to provide coverage for universal postpartum home visiting services, in accordance with operational standards set by the Department of Public Health. The bill further stipulates that such coverage shall not be subject to cost-sharing, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles, except as required by the Federal Internal Revenue Code for tax exempt organizations. Learn more about HD 4006/SD 1160.

HD 2452/SD 1638

An Act Relative to Medicaid Coverage for Doula Services
Introduced by Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (D-MA) and Senator Liz Miranda (D-MA)

This bill would require MassHealth to provide coverage for doula services, regulate the provision of such including requirements for basic competencies, require the development of a registry of doulas who are eligible for reimbursement, and establish and regulate the membership and operation of a fifteen-member doula care commission. Learn more about HD 2452/SD 1638.

HD 1582/SD 1132

An Act Ensuring Access to Full Spectrum Pregnancy Care
Introduced by Rep. Sabadosa and Representative Ruth Balder (D-MA) 

Building on last session’s successful efforts to eliminate cost-sharing for abortion, this bill would require health insurance plans to cover all pregnancy care—including abortion, prenatal care, childbirth, and postpartum care—without any kind of cost-sharing. Learn more about HD 1582/SD 1132.

Priority Budget Initiatives

  • Securing a $1 million appropriation vetoed by Governor Baker in the last session to fund a public education campaign regarding deceptive practices by crisis pregnancy centers
  • State funding and language earmark for the Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of Massachusetts (line item 4590-1503)