We spoke with Birth and Milk Queens Founder Bianca Nash-Miot at the recent 2023 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference about her priorities, which center around supporting the birthing workforce in Michigan. With the state having implemented Medicaid coverage of doula services earlier this year, she wants to see an increase in the number … Read more

The Colorado Legislature adjourned its 74th General Assembly on Monday in what lawmakers are describing as a progressive session for healthcare reform.      The legislature approved appropriations of $15.5 billion ($4.5 billion from general fund) to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), $2.3 billion ($1 billion from general fund) to the … Read more

In this month’s edition, we focus on the legislature, where lawmakers have been hard at work developing legislation related to behavioral healthcare, older Utahns’ health, health information sharing, and much more. This year’s legislative session ends one week from today, on March 3rd. Six rural Utah hospitals were recently named among the best in the country … Read more

In our first Michigan newsletter of 2023, we feature some of Reporter James Sklar’s coverage of the initial health-related legislation being discussed by lawmakers, input about the state’s new coverage of doula services through Medicaid, and important takeaways from Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address regarding the future of abortion policy in Michigan. We … Read more

Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officially began covering doulas through Medicaid. State Senator Erika Geiss (D – Taylor) and Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director at Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, shared their insights about Michigan’s newly enacted policy.     State of Reform: What inspired you to compose your … Read more

A group of Spokane advocates is working to improve perinatal maternal health equity and well-being outcomes for families through public policy advocacy.     Andrea Estes and Stephaine Courtney are spearheading advocacy efforts to support several family initiatives. Courtney is the executive director of both The Learning Project and Shades of Motherhood. Estes is the … Read more

Blue Shield California

Earlier this month, Blue Shield of California announced their Maternal Child Health Equity initiative, which is focused on addressing disproportionately low mortality rates among mothers and children in underserved communities.     The initiative aims to provide quality family-centered services to new and expecting mothers in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Sacramento counties through physician referrals. … Read more