Three bills co-sponsored by Maternal Mental Health NOW and 2020 Mom were signed into law this fall! These new laws will work to ensure that ALL stakeholders, particularly obstetricians, health insurers and health plans, hospitals, and government, play a role in preventing women from falling through the cracks of our health care system. Read more below about each bill that passed.

 

AB 1893, Maternal Mental Health, Federal Funding

Brian Maienchein (R), Assembly District 77 (San Diego)

Calls on the CA Department of Public Health to investigate and apply for federal funding, including from the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, for development of MMH programs which could include a public awareness campaign.

Approved and signed by the Governor on July 20, 2018!

 

AB 2193, OB/Gyn Screening for MMH Disorders

Brian Maienchein (R), Assembly District 77 (San Diego)

AB 2193 will require health care providers (including OB/GYNs, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives) to screen for PMADs during the prenatal or postpartum period.  Health plans and health insurers would also be required to implement a quality assurance program for maternal mental health by July 1, 2019.

Approved and signed by the Governor! This law becomes effective on July 1, 2019.

AB 3032, Hospital Quality, Programs for Maternal Mental Health

Jim Frazier (D), Assembly District 11 (Sacramento)

AB 3032 will require hospitals and other facilities with perinatal units to develop education programs about maternal mood disorders, including postpartum depression, for unit staff, patients, and a third component to be determined by the hospital as appropriate.  

Approved and signed by the Governor! This law becomes effective on January 1, 2020.