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Maternal Health Projects

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

This website is intended to provide background and relevant documents related to the DC Department of Health Care Finance’s 2022 projects to expand coverage and benefits related to maternal health. If you are a District resident who is pregnant and currently receives health coverage through DHCF, please consult this page. If you are a District resident who is pregnant or may be pregnant and may be interested in DHCF health coverage, please consult this page.

The maternal health projects will be in the following three areas: 1) Coverage of doula services; 2) Expansion of postpartum coverage to one year; and 3) Extension of non-emergency medical transportation benefits to pregnant and postpartum Alliance beneficiaries.

The agency has formed a Maternal Health Advisory Group to get input from providers, beneficiaries or beneficiary advocates, doulas, and managed care organizations. The Maternal Health Advisory Group is convening the Postpartum and Mental Health Subgroup and the Doula Enrollment and Billing to provide input on specific items. For more information on the Maternal Health Advisory Group and its Subgroups, please see this letter, its roster or email [email protected].

The agency has submitted a draft State Plan Amendment (SPA) to authorize Medicaid coverage for doula services to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is awaiting CMS review. For more information on the SPA and the process used to draft it, please see this website.

The agency held a Kickoff Meeting on December 14, 2021 to introduce stakeholders to upcoming agency action and provide notice of upcoming public meetings. The first meeting of the Maternal Health Advisory Group was held at 6 pm on January 31, 2022, the second meeting was held at 10:00 am on March 7, 2022, the third meeting was held at 1 pm on March 21, 2022, the fourth meeting was held at 11 am on April 25, 2022 and the fifth meeting was held at 11 am on June 13, 2022. Meetings of the Postpartum and Mental Health Subgroup were held on April 18, 2022 and July 18, 2022. For more information on those meetings and recordings of those meetings, please see the documents below.

Interested parties may send written questions or comments on maternal health projects to Melisa Byrd, Senior Deputy Director/State Medicaid Director, Department of Health Care Finance, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 900S, Washington, DC 20001, or via email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Comments will also be taken verbally and in the chat box at Maternal Health Advisory Group meetings.

For further information or to be contacted about agency action or future meetings related to maternal health, please contact [email protected].