Efforts we are leading:
Securing Funding through the Appropriations process for an Interagency Task Force on Maternal Mental Health Care.
Much like physicians and providers treating perinatal women, no one federal agency is solely responsible for identifying and tracking opportunities to improve the mental health of the perinatal population.
This temporarily task force would convene under the Health and Human Services agency, key federal agencies to study and develop a coordinated plan for addressing maternal mental health at a federal level. The interagency task force will issue a report of its findings and recommendations regarding agency roles to Congress.
Bills We are Supporting:
HR 2431 Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019
2019 – Legislation We Support
Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE ACT)
(This bill has not yet been numbered) Addressing Racial Biases in Maternal Mortality
On August 26, 2018 U.S. Senator Kamala Harris introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act. The CARE Act would create two new grant programs focused on eliminating racial biases in medical care and reducing disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. Read more here.
The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act (the MOMMIES Act) Includes Extending Medicaid to mothers through 12 Months Postpartum
On September 25, 2018 Washington, D.C- U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced a bill to reduce the United States’ rising maternal mortality rates, improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and close the disparities that continue to put mothers and children of color at risk. Read more here and from our partners at Every Mother Counts, here.
This legislation would entitle individuals 60 paid caregiving days per qualified encounter, including the birth or an adoption of a child. This benefit would also apply to those caring for a woman suffering from a maternal mental health disorder like a parent or spouse. This fact sheet outlines the Family Act, which would establish a federal program giving almost every worker up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Read more here. As of December 2018, this bill is not likely to pass and may be reintroduced in the next congress.