SB 538

An Act relating to childbirth; amending 63 O.S. 2021, Section 1-740.16, which relates to definitions used in the Choosing Childbirth Act; modifying definition; amending 63 O.S. 2021, Section 1-740.17, which relates to grants to private organizations for services; modifying grantmaking authority of the State Department of Health; describing methods of making grants and approving grant amounts; stipulating additional reimbursable services; extending time period of certain services; adding and updating statutory references; amending 63 O.S. 2021, Section 1-740.18, which relates to grant compliance and monitoring; conforming language; updating statutory language; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency. 



Introduced: 2023 Regular Session


Grants the Department of Health direct access to the funds to disburse to private organizations circumventing the need for a granting organiztaion.

May 29, 2024

The final version added new applicable services that can be covered by the Choosing Childbirth Act/Fund. 

The general provision that cover maternal health was not affected. Covered services can be accessed 3 years from childbirth (an increase of 1 year). 

Telehealth was added amongst the added services. 

May 29, 2024

SB 538 allows the State Department of Health to award grants, under the Choosing Childbirth Act, directly to both private organizations and grant-supervising entities, who must then reimburse the private organizations. The measure expands the scope of reimbursement services agencies and programs may provide to receive funding under the Choosing Childbirth Act.

Summary provided by the Legislature

April 26, 2024
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