The Illinois Senate has approved the Health Care and Human Service Reform Act (House Bill 158), which creates a framework to expand Medicaid to cover home visiting and doula services. It’s the latest in a series of bills to advance racial equity in the state.
The bill will:
- Create an Illinois Anti-Racism Commission
- Create a new Medicaid provider certification for community health workers (subject to appropriation)
- Require health care professionals to complete one implicit bias training per license renewal period
- Allow for doula services and evidence-based home visiting services to be provided to families with Medicaid (subject to appropriation)
- Expand training for early childhood professionals on trauma and adverse childhood experiences
- Expand the coverage of eligible family members for employee sick leave
The bill now moves to Governor Pritzker‘s desk for his signature. Update: Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
You can read more about HB158 on the Start Early website.