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OBMHC applauds committee passage of priority bill to expand access to doulas

May 19, 2022
Catherine D. Ingram News

COLUMBUS– Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus (OBMC) co-chairs Reps. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the House Families, Aging and Human Services committee passage of House Bill (HB) 142, which would establish two pilot programs regarding the provision and coverage of doula services. HB 142 also requires each doula participating in one of those programs to hold a certificate issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing. 

HB 142 was introduced by former state representative and OBMHC member Erica Crawley. 

“I am so happy that this bill expands doula services through Medicaid. There is positive data that shows the use of doulas improves healthy outcomes for mothers and babies,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “I urge our chamber to immediately pass this bill so that the Senate can move this commonsense legislation forward.”

“Bills like HB 142 demonstrate that we are truly taking care of our mothers, babies and families,” said Rep. Ingram. “This program is just the start of creating a system that is able to give everyone a healthy start.”

HB 142  would:

·         Establish in the Medicaid Program and Department of Rehabilitation and Correction four-year pilot programs for the coverage or provision of doula services;

·         Require each doula participating in either pilot program to hold a certificate issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing and each doula participating in the Medicaid Program to have a valid provider agreement; 

·         Require the Board of Nursing to establish a registry of certified doulas;

·         Establish, for purposes of the pilot program operated under the Medicaid Program, the Doula Advisory Board within the Board of Nursing.

HB 142 now awaits a vote on the House Floor.