Initiatives

Policy Initiatives

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Public Act 102-0964 (2022)

HB 003

The RLJA improves and builds upon prior legislation to comprehensively address gaps and harmful systems that negatively affect the health of people who become pregnant in Illinois. It works to decriminalize Substance Use disorder and encourage recovery, affirms the rights of parents who endure stillbirth, and makes maternity care rights more accessible.

Enacted

PUBLIC ACT 102-0964 (2022)

HB 003

Holistic Birth Collective co authored, filled and lobbied for Public Act 102-0964 which expands the family planning service exemption from MCO network restrictions to also apply to non emergency prenatal and perinatal healthcare services.

Public Act 102-0964 ensures equitable access to reproductive health options and advances Medicaid payment structures that support high-value perinatal care.

Enacted

IL MIDWIFERY PRACTICE ACT (2021)

HB 003

The LCPM Practice Act creates a path toward certification for midwives by allowing Licensed Certified Professional Midwives to attend out-of-hospital births in home and birth center settings.

The LCPM Practice Act passed while Star August, co-founder of HBC, was President of the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives.

Inactive

CONSUMER CHOICE IN MATERNAL CARE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHERS PROGRAM ACT (2021)

SB 1041

HBC’s first dive into legislative advocacy proposed a Medical Voucher Program and Maternity Episode Payment Model. Though the bill passed the House with flying colors it did not make it through the Senate.

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