Illinois Passes Bill to Increase Home Visiting, Doula Services

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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.

You can read more about HB158 on the Start Early website.