21.254.19 96th Legislative Session 780

2021 South Dakota Legislature

Senate Bill 83


An Act

ENTITLED An Act to require the provision of information regarding perinatal hospice.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added:

34-23B-7. Definitions.

Terms used in §§ 34-23B-8 and 34-23B-9 mean:

(1) "Lethal fetal anomaly," a condition that is diagnosed before the child's birth and will, with reasonable medical certainty, result in the child's death within three months from the date of birth; and

(2) "Perinatal hospice," the provision of:

(a) Comprehensive, supportive care to a pregnant mother and her family, beginning with the diagnosis of a lethal fetal anomaly and continuing through the birth and resultant death of the child; and

(b) Counseling and medical care by maternal-fetal medical specialists, obstetricians, neonatologists, anesthesia specialists, specialty nurses, clergy, social workers, and others who are focused on alleviating fear and ensuring that the mother and her family experience the life and death of the child in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:

34-23B-8. Perinatal hospice providers and programs.

The Department of Health shall develop and post on the department's website:

(1) A brochure that:

(a) Describes the services available from a perinatal hospice program;

(b) Includes a statement that medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth, and perinatal hospice;

(c) Includes information regarding access to grief counseling and other support programs; and

(d) Includes a link to the departmental website at which additional information may be accessed;

(2) A list of all perinatal hospice providers and programs located in this state;

(3) A list of perinatal hospice providers and programs that:

(a) Are located in surrounding states; and

(b) Provide care to residents of this state; and

(4) A list of other perinatal hospice resources.

Section 3. That a NEW SECTION be added:

34-23B-9. Receipt of information.

If a pregnant mother is notified of a lethal fetal anomaly, the health care provider shall, at the time of notification, provide the mother with copies of the brochure and lists referenced in § 34-23B-8.

An Act to require the provision of information regarding perinatal hospice.

I certify that the attached Act originated in the:

Senate as Bill No. 83

Secretary of the Senate

President of the Senate


Secretary of the Senate

Speaker of the House


Chief Clerk

Senate Bill No. 83

File No. ____

Chapter No. ______

Received at this Executive Office

this _____ day of _____________,

2021 at ____________M.


for the Governor

The attached Act is hereby

approved this ________ day of

______________, A.D., 2021




Office of the Secretary of State

Filed ____________, 2021

at _________ o'clock __M.

Secretary of State


Asst. Secretary of State