Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Effective July 1, 2019, AB 2193 (Maienschein, Chapter 755) requires a physician and surgeon, providing prenatal or postpartum care to a patient, to offer screening or ensure the mother is appropriately screened for maternal mental health conditions. A maternal mental health condition, as defined in Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 123640, is an ailment that occurs during pregnancy or during the postpartum period and includes, but is not limited to, postpartum depression. A physician and surgeon does not need to offer screening to a patient when providing emergency services or care, as defined in HSC section 1317.1.

The law also requires health care plans to develop maternal mental health programs, as defined in HSC section 1367.625. If you have questions regarding what programs your plan provides, please visit the Department of Managed Health Care's website or contact them at 1-888-466-2219 and/or visit the Department of Insurance's website or contact them at 1-800-927-4357.