Attention all doulas – there is a new bill being introduced that sets out to enhance maternal health coverage for new moms with Medicaid, which covers close to half of the births in America. The bill, known as the MOMMIES Act (which stands for Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act) is being sponsored by Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tammy Baldwin, Ben Cardin, Richard Blumenthal and Kirsten Gillibrand and seeks to extend coverage for moms for up to a full year after childbirth and hopes to take action to expand doula care access to new mothers in order to provide better emotional, physical and informational support, among other incentives that would help to increase maternal health. The bill would also help to decrease the disparity in quality of care across race and class which puts women of color at greater risk for complications.
The MOMMIES Act bill is in response to a recent study that found that while maternal deaths are decreasing in other countries around the world, rates of maternal death are actually increasing in the U.S. The bill essentially enhances Medicaid and CHIP so more women can get the support they need at an affordable price.
So doulas, what do you think? Would you support the MOMMIES Act? Read the entire article in the link below: