Legislation Overview


The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, a former project of 2020 Mom has folded into the core work of 2020 Mom.  This work includes supporting federal legislation or sponsoring new federal legislation that will improve outcomes for mothers.

In 2018, 2020 Mom will support the following initiatives through lobbying, engaging the MMH network in federal advocacy and hosting federal lobby days in May.

Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R.1318), and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017 (S.1112).

These bills support states in forming Maternal Mortality Review Committees. These committees investigate and track the cause of death, including suicide and ultimately work on quality measures to promote the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period and eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes. Learn more here.

Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book

MomsRising has shared their new Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book addressing the issue of maternal death (death associated with pregnancy) and maternal mortality (physical or mental illness or disability related to pregnancy and childbirth), including racial disparities among African American women.  The book provides data and stories by state and serves as a tool to champion policy change and solutions.


Paid Family Care Giving Leave (The Family Act H.R. 947/S. 337)

This legislation if passed would entitle individuals 60 paid care giving 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.  

Maternal Mental Health State Grants 

Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act was signed into law in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).  On March 22, 2018 the Omnibus agreement funded $5 million dollars for grants to states.  Though this hurdle is an important one, maintaining $5 million in funding each year for five years will require continued annual advocacy.

$5,000,000 for the Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression program as authorized in section 10005 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255). HRSA is directed to make grants to States to establish, improve, or maintain programs to train professionals to screen, assess, and treat for maternal depression in women who are pregnant or who have given birth within the preceding 12 months.

Reauthorize Title V Block Grant Home Visiting (MIECVH) Funding

Reauthorize MIECVH funding to maintain and expand maternal mental health disorder detection and/or treatment in home visiting programs for pregnant and postpartum women.  For more information about the Title V Block Grant click here.  For more information about home visiting, click here.

Feb 2018: We are so pleased to report that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which includes a five-year reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

New legislation introduced to fight 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)

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.

Other Federal Bills we Support

Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act (2016)
Mental Health in Schools Act (
S. 3337)