H. R. 2521
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 14, 2021
Mrs. Lawrence (for herself, Ms. Dean, Mrs. Lesko, Miss González-Colón, and Mrs. McBath) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to furnish doula services to veterans.
This Act may be cited as the
Delivering Optimally Urgent Labor Access for Veterans Affairs Act of 2022 or the
DOULA for VA Act of 2022.
Feasibility and advisability study on doula support for veterans
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a study on the feasibility and advisability of furnishing doula services to covered vetearns. Such study shall include an analysis of—
measures taken by other Federal, State, and local entities to ensure the appropriate certification of doulas; and
the extent to which such measures, or similar measures, may be adequate for purposes of such furnishment.
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the findings of the study under subsection (a) that shall include a determination by the Secretary as to whether furnishing doula services to covered veterans is feasible and advisable.
Covered veteran defined
In this section, the term covered veteran means a pregnant veteran or a formerly pregnant veteran (with respect to doula services to be furnished post-partum) who is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs under section 1705 of title 38, United States Code.
Amend the title so as to read:
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the feasibility and advisability of furnishing doula services to certain veterans, and for other purposes..