H.R. 24996

The Helping MOMS Act

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) & Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

The Helping MOMS Act would: 

  • Allow states to extend Medicaid and CHIP coverage for postpartum women from 60 days to one year. States would be incentivized to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage through a one-year, five percentage point increase in their federal matching funds – the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). The FMAP is the percentage of state Medicaid expenditures that the federal government reimburses back to the state. 
  • Direct the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to publish a report analyzing coverage of doula care under state Medicaid programs and making recommendations to increase access. The report would require consultation with community stakeholders, including community-based doula programs and other organizations representing consumers on barriers related to implementation of programs, as well as strategies for improvement. 

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