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June, 2018: 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.  Amendments will be in print the week of July 1, after approval by the senate health committee.

Proposed amended language (2nd set of amendments not yet in print) 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 pediatricians screen or confirm that screening has already occurred at least once during the perinatal period.

Acknowledges the month of May 2018 as Maternal Mental Health Awareness month.

AB 3032, Hospital Maternal Mental Health Jim Frazier (D). Read bill here. Amendments will be in print the week of July 1, after approval by the senate health committee.

Requires hospitals to develop a program for addressing maternal mental health. Amendments provide more direction in what actions hospitals should take which include clinician training and patient education.  

HOW TO HELP:

Come! June 27 Senate Health Committee Hearing

The Health Committee hearing that both AB 3032 and AB 2193 will be heard, is scheduled for Wednesday June 27 at approximately 2:30pm at the capitol, room 4203.  

Just like the assembly health committee, we must again fill the room with moms and families. All are welcome including children. 

A networking lunch will be provided by 2020 Mom at 12:30 at the HoteL Bar (on L Street within the Residence Inn). Again all are welcome, including children. RSVP to Alice@2020mom.org 

Organizations Send Your Letter of Support to the Senate for AB 2193 and AB 3032 Today

You can support this bill by sending a letter of support to the author's office. To meet the health committee deadline, do so by Wednesday June 21
Click here for a sample support letter. 

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We need you! Use our letter writing system by adding your address and with a couple of clicks a letter is emailed to your senator member asking them to co-author these two bills.  Do it now, here.

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 pediatricians 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 not in need of active support. 

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 is expected to be signed by the governor late this summer.

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.



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