Health insurance; coverage for doula care services. (SB118)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; coverage for doula care services. Requires health insurers, corporations providing health care subscription contracts, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for obstetrical services to provide coverage for doula care services provided by a state-certified doula. The bill requires such coverage to include coverage for at least eight visits during the antepartum or postpartum period and support during labor and delivery. The bill provides that health insurance carriers are (i) not required to pay for duplicate services actually rendered by both a state-certified doula and another health care provider and (ii) prohibited from requiring supervision, signature, or referral by any other health care provider as a condition of reimbursement for doula care services, except when those requirements are also applicable to other categories of health care providers. Such provisions of the bill are subject to a reenactment clause. The bill also requires the Health Insurance Reform Commission to consider coverage for doula care services in its review of the essential health benefits benchmark plan and to include such coverage in its recommendation to the General Assembly unless a compelling reason for excluding such coverage is identified. This bill is identical to HB 935. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103178D
01/04/2024Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB118)
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB118)
02/05/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2024Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2024Committee substitute printed 24106407D-S1
02/05/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB118S1)
02/08/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106407D-S1
02/12/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB118S1
02/12/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Placed on Calendar
02/15/2024Read first time
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/20/2024Reported from Labor and Commerce (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Read second time
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed House (96-Y 0-N)
02/23/2024VOTE: Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB118ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB118ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 495 (effective - see bill)

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