May. 08, 2024

HARRISBURG — Rep. Kathy L. Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), Republican chair of the House Health Committee, announced a bill she amended that would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services was unanimously approved by the House. Rapp’s amendment removed the term “pregnant individual” and replaced it with the word “mother,” reversing a change made in a prior amendment.

“Here in the month of May, we don’t celebrate ‘Pregnant Individual’s Day,’ we celebrate Mother’s Day,” Rapp said. “The word ‘mother’ was in the original bill, but it was removed by an amendment that passed the House Health Committee by a party-line vote, with all Republicans voting no. With the bill restored to its original form, it returned to a measure I wholeheartedly support. Doulas provide vital support to women across the Commonwealth during pregnancy and childbirth.”

House Bill 1608 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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