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AB-577 Medi-Cal: maternal mental health.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/14/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 577


Introduced by Assembly Member Eggman
(Principal coauthor: Senator Portantino)

February 14, 2019


An act to amend Section 14005.18 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 577, as introduced, Eggman. Medi-Cal: maternal mental health.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive healthcare services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Under existing law, an individual is eligible for Medi-Cal benefits, to the extent required by federal law, as though the individual was pregnant, for all pregnancy-related and postpartum services for a 60-day period beginning on the last day of pregnancy.
This bill would extend Medi-Cal postpartum care for up to one year beginning on the last day of the pregnancy for an eligible individual diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition. The bill would define maternal mental health condition for purposes of the bill.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14005.18 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14005.18.
 A woman (a) (1) An individual is eligible, to the extent required by federal law, as though she were the individual was pregnant, for all pregnancy-related and postpartum services for a 60-day period beginning on the last day of pregnancy.

For purposes of this section,

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), “postpartum services” means those services provided after childbirth, child delivery, or miscarriage.
(b) (1) If an individual is eligible pursuant to subdivision (a) and is diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition, the individual shall remain eligible for Medi-Cal postpartum care for up to one year beginning on the last day of the pregnancy.
(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), “maternal mental health condition” means a mental health condition that occurs during pregnancy or during the postpartum period and, includes, but is not limited to, postpartum depression.