WARNING: This post is going to be very wordy with a lot of insurance speak, but we'll get through it...
**Also, this post is a compilation of a few websites to get you the most comprehensive information to get you started on your way to getting your services covered. I did not write down sites, but much credit is due.**
How to Obtain Reimbursement for Doula Services
Insurance coverage of Doula services is becoming a more common occurrence in the birthing world. Virtuously B’Earthed Doula Services encourages you to take the following steps to attempt reimbursement of your Doula services through our programs. We are happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to move forward with an insurance reimbursement.
Over twenty insurance companies have begun paying for Doula services and, now that there is a CPT code covering Doula services, this is more of a possibility than ever before. (CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology, and is a copyright of the American Medical Association.) The CPT code used to claim birth Doula services is 99499 for Labor Support and to claim postpartum Doula services, it is 99501 and/or 99502 for Postpartum Care.
The following is a partial list of insurance companies who have reimbursed in whole or in part for Doula services:
Insurance and Flexible Spending Account Coverage:
Some insurance companies will pay for Doula services by reimbursing you. You may also submit to your medical flexible spending account (cafeteria plan) to help reduce your costs.
How to Request Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services:
Whether you are reimbursed or not, please let Virtuously B’Earthed Doula Services know what kind of response you get from the insurance company. Each time someone requests reimbursement, it tells the insurance companies that this is an important service. They may consider it more carefully next time. If you are reimbursed, this is great news for doulas and we always want to know!