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SB-492 Maternal health.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 4.7 (commencing with Section 123635) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article  4.7. Maternal Mortality Review Committee
123635.
 (a) The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee under the State Department of Public Health is hereby renamed as the Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
(b) The committee shall be composed of a minimum of nine members, and shall include at least three members from the central valley and three members from the Los Angeles area.
(c) The purposes of the committee shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Identifying and reviewing all pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity.
(2) Investigating contributing factors to pregnancy-related deaths, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Whether the medical provider played a role in the death.
(B) Whether the person whose death is being investigated had health insurance, and whether it was through a commercial insurance policy or the Medi-Cal program.
(C) Whether there were any clusters of health issues occurring locally.
(D) Whether there were any clusters of health issues occurring at the workplace of the person whose death is being investigated.
(3) Collecting and reviewing data from maternal death investigations and making recommendations about how to improve or streamline data collection and investigatory processes.
(d) The committee shall publish its findings to the public, and the findings shall also include recommendations on how to prevent severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality and how to reduce racial disparities.