2021: Medicaid. The American Rescue Plan extended pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage from 60 days to a full year postpartum.
2020: Federal legislation (through the National Defense Authorization Act).
- Military Moms Mental Health Assessment Act: The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on prenatal and postpartum mental health conditions among members of the Armed Forces and the dependents of such members. Read the entire text of the law.
- TRICARE Coverage for Doula Support Act: The Secretary of Defense shall commence carrying out a 5-year demonstration project designed to evaluate the cost, quality of care, and impact on maternal and fetal outcomes of using extramedical maternal health providers (doulas and lactation consultants) under the TRICARE program to determine the appropriateness of making coverage of such providers under the TRICARE program permanent. Read the entire text of the law.
2020: Federal funding. Congress provided $3 million to establish and maintain a maternal mental health hotline to be staffed by qualified counselors, 24 hours a day. Funding may also be used for outreach to raise awareness about maternal mental health issues and the hotline. Learn more HERE.
2020: President’s budget. The President’s 2020 Budget directed the Secretary of the Health and Human Services agency to provide a report about how agencies address awareness, screening, diagnosis and treatment for maternal mental health issues.
2018: Federal funding. The initial round of funding for Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act was released and the Department of Health and Human Services (through the Health Resources and Services Administration) announced a competitive grant process for the states. Thirty states and territories applied for these grants; however, due to limited funding of $5 million, only seven states (Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Vermont) were awarded grants to implement programs addressing maternal mental health. Read the HRSA announcement.
2016: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act. The United States Congress enacted the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. This law provides funding for programs addressing maternal mental health issues at the state level. Funding will be provided for FY 2019-2023. Read the entire text of the law.
2010: The MOTHERS Act. The United States Congress passed (but did not fund) the MOTHER’S Act which called for research into the causes of and best treatments for postpartum depression, a public awareness campaign, a study on the benefits of screening for postpartum depression and psychosis, and a grant program to fund treatment services. While The MOTHERS Act was not funded, it nevertheless was historically significant as it introduced language about postpartum depression into the federal legislative record and garnered support and interest across political parties. Read the entire text of the law