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July 20, 2018:

AB 1893, Maternal Mental Health. Federal Funding has been signed into law!  Learn more about the bill below. 

TWO Game-Changing MMH Bills Still need Your Help: 

AB 2193, Maternal Mental Heath: Case Management and Ob/Gyn Screening Brian Maienschein (R) Read bill here.  

Requires health insurers and health plans to develop case/care management programs similar to programs which insurers and plans voluntarily provide for conditions like asthma, low back pain, eating disorders, etc. or to modify an existing case management program which might include a high risk maternity program for example. Clinical case management includes helping patients find in-network providers and monitoring medication use if prescribed, etc. and can also include health coaching, around sleep hygiene diet and more. Some insurers also use app-based delivery of certain services and text communication. The bill also requires that obstetric providers and other treating MDs screen or confirm that screening has already occurred at least once during the perinatal period.

Status: This bill was unanimously passed out of the senate health committee and will be heard in the senate appropriations committee after the summer recess. Then the bill will require a full senate floor vote and signature by the governor. We will keep CA residents apprised of when/how to e-mail and write your senators and the governor.

AB 3032, Hospital Maternal Mental Health Jim Frazier (D). Read bill here

Requires hospitals to train staff interacting with perinatal women, and to educate these women about maternal mental health disorders including any local treatment options that may be available. 

Status: This bill was unanimously passed out of the senate health committee and will be heard in the senate appropriations committee after the summer recess. Then the bill will require a full senate floor vote and signature by the governor. We will keep CA residents apprised of when/how to e-mail and write your senators and the governor.

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Want to really make an impact? Call your assembly member and state senator today. Look up your two legislators names and capitol office telephone numbers here.  

Sample Script:
I'm an constituent and I calling to urge you co-author AB 2193 authored by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein and AB 3032 by Jim Frazier.  

AB 2193 calls for Health insurers and plans to develop case management programs for maternal mental health to ensure mothers are getting connected to care and the right care at the right time and for obstetric providers and other Medical Doctors to screen to detect these disorders.   

AB 3032 asks hospitals to address maternal mental health by training their providers who interact with pregnant and postpartum women and to provide patients with education and any available local treatment and support resources.

These bills are rooted in the recommendations from the CA Task Force on Maternal Mental Health which was formed at the urging of the legislature through ACR 148.  Together these bills will provide life-saving and family-stabilizing support to doctors and women and help reduce the $2.25 billion dollar cost to California's society of untreated maternal mental health disorders, like postpartum depression.  Please sign on to co-author the bill today by contacting the authors offices.

TWO Additional Bills: 

These two bills are no longer in need of support as both were supported unanimously  and the legislative process is complete. 

AB 1893, Maternal Mental Health, Federal Funding  Brian Maienschein (R) Read bill here.

Requires the California 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.

Status 
This bill has passed unopposed, unanimously through both houses and was signed into law by the governor in July.

ACR 180, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month Marie Waldron (R) Read bill here.

Declares May 2018 Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month (which was opportunity to raise awareness among assembly members prior to the floor vote of the three other MMH bills).   

Status
This resolution was approved in May with unanimous support in the assembly and helped serve to educate the assembly before the floor vote(s) on our two critical bills. ACRs don't get heard in the senate.



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