senate Bill S3137B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Defines maternal depression, requires the provision of maternal depression education, and the provision of a screening and referral plan for the state

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Jun 12, 2013 print number 3137c
amend and recommit to health
Jun 10, 2013 print number 3137b
amend and recommit to health
May 29, 2013 print number 3137a
amend (t) and recommit to health
Jan 30, 2013 referred to health

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S3137 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7667A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2500-k, amd §§207, 2803-j & 2803-n, Pub Health L; amd §§3216 & 4303, add §3217-g, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7355

S3137 - Bill Texts

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Defines maternal depression; requires the provision of maternal depression education, and the provision of a screening and referral plan for the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3137

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the insurance
law, in relation to defining perinatal depression, requiring the
provision of perinatal depression education, and requiring the provision
of a screening and data reporting plan for the state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would define perinatal
depression; develop standards for perinatal screening and data report-
ing; ensure that training on perinatal depression screening is available
to maternal health professionals; provide public education to promote
awareness and de-stigmatization of perinatal depression. In addition,
legislation is intended to ensure that State residents are informed of
the public health services that will help them understand, identify and
treat perinatal depression.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 2502-a to the Public Health Law defining
perinatal depression and maternal health professional and establishes
standards for data reporting on perinatal screening. The bill will
ensure that maternal health providers axe educated about perinatal
depression and trained on screening mothers to administer appropriate
diagnostic tools, and manage maternal and perinatal depression. All
qualified health professionals shall screen pregnant mothers using
standardized tools which shall consist of three screenings in an obstet-
rical setting and three screenings after birth in a pediatric setting.
The commissioner shall recommend and provide appropriate standardized,
validated diagnostic tools for all perinatal screening. Fathers and
other family members shall, as appropriate be included in the education
and treatment process for perinatal depression.

Section 2 paragraph (g) of subdivision 1 of section 207 of the Public
Health Law by is amended by adding perinatal depression to the list of
healthcare and wellness outreach education that must be done by the
Department of Health.

Section 3 amends section 4303 subsection (c) subparagraph (B) of the
Insurance Law by adding the reporting of perinatal depression signs to
be covered by maternity care coverage.

Section 4 amends section 3217-c subsection (a) of the Insurance Law by
adding perinatal depression to the conditions that cannot be limited by
coverage.

Section 5 amends section 3216 item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph
10 of subsection (i) of the Insurance Law by adding Perinatal depression
to maternity care coverage.

Section 6 amends section 4804 paragraph 1 of subsection (e) and
subsection (f) the Insurance Law by continuing ongoing treatment for

perinatal depression for 90 days should the insurer leave the network of
providers.

Section 7 requires state and private insurers to establish a reimburse-
ment structure for perinatal screenings or follow provisions in section
2530 of the Public Health Law.

Section 8 establishes an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Perinatal depression is broadly defined as a wide range
of emotional and psychological reactions a mother may experience after
childbirth. These reactions may include, but are not limited to, feel-
ings of despair, prolonged sadness, extreme guilt, thoughts of suicide,
lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, extreme changes in
appetite, and thoughts of suicide and/or of harming the baby. In some
cases these reactions-which can occur without warning-happen before,
during, and immediately after childbirth, and continue into the infant's
first year of life.

Depression associated with childbirth is commonly categorized under
three types: the "baby blues", postpartum depression, and postpartum
psychosis. Postpartum psychosis, the most severe form of perinatal
depression, usually includes auditory hallucinations and delusions, and
in some cases visual hallucinations.

Each year, approximately ten to fifteen percent of mothers and twenty-
two percent of multi-ethnic inner city mothers develop postpartum
depression; 50-80 percent of new mothers will get "baby blues"; and
0.1-0.2 percent of new mothers develop postpartum psychosis. Postpartum
psychosis has a five percent suicide rate and four percent rate of
infanticide, or death of an infant.

Often, the symptoms of perinatal depression are not immediately identi-
fied because they closely resemble those generally associated with preg-
nancy. As a result, perinatal depression is sometimes left untreated,
and ultimately may result in detrimental impact to the entire family.
The family is affected in the following ways: children of mothers with
perinatal depression are at higher risk for serious developmental,
behavioral, and emotional problems; the immediate family is often
unaware and/or unsure how to offer support; and a mother experiencing
depression does not often disclose her condition due to feelings of
shame, and so the severity of the condition worsens.

Perinatal depression is often undetected and untreated by health profes-
sionals due to both lack of training in identifying the condition, as
well as safety concerns about treating pregnant women. Early screening
and identification of perinatal depression has an 80 to 90 percent
success rate and offers long-term health care costs savings.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth
day next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law;
provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment
and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation
of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made
and completed by the commissioner of health on or before such effective
date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3137

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation
  to defining perinatal depression, requiring the provision of perinatal
  depression education, and requiring the provision of a  screening  and
  data reporting plan for the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
2502-a to read as follows:
  S  2502-A.  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION.  1.  DEFINITIONS.  AS  USED IN THIS
SECTION:
  (A) PERINATAL DEPRESSION MEANS A WIDE RANGE OF EMOTIONAL  AND  PSYCHO-
LOGICAL  REACTIONS  A  MOTHER  MAY  EXPERIENCE  AFTER  CHILDBIRTH. THESE
REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT  LIMITED  TO,  FEELINGS  OF  DESPAIR,
PROLONGED  SADNESS,  EXTREME GUILT, THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, LACK OF ENERGY,
DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, FATIGUE,  EXTREME  CHANGES  IN  APPETITE,  AND
THOUGHTS  OF SUICIDE AND/OR OF HARMING THE BABY. PERINATAL DEPRESSION IS
COMMONLY CHARACTERIZED AS (1) "BABY BLUES"-THE MILDEST FORM;  (2)  POST-
PARTUM  DEPRESSION;  OR  (3) POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS-THE SEVEREST FORM. THE
CHARACTERIZATION CORRESPONDS TO THE VARYING DEGREE TO WHICH  THE  MOTHER
EXPERIENCES SYMPTOMS.
  (B)  "MATERNAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL"  MEANS  A PHYSICIAN, MIDWIFE, OR
OTHER AUTHORIZED PRACTITIONER ATTENDING A PREGNANT WOMAN.
  2. DATA REPORTING FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION. (A) THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL
DEVELOP  STANDARDS FOR EFFECTIVE SCREENING OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION USING
RECOGNIZED CLINICAL STANDARDS AND  EVIDENCE-BASED  PRACTICES.  EFFECTIVE
STANDARDIZED,  VALIDATED  DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS USED FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION
SCREENING MAY INCLUDE THE EDINBURGH POSTNATAL DEPRESSION  SCALE  (EPDS),
THE  POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SCREEN (PPDS), THE BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01525-01-3

S. 3137                             2

II (BDI-II), OR THE CENTER FOR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES-DEPRESSION  SCALE
(CES-D).
  (B)  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  MAKE  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO HEALTH PLAN AND
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ON DATA REPORTING OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION  SCREEN-
ING.
  (C)  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ISSUE REGULATIONS THAT REQUIRE PROVIDERS AND
CARRIERS TO REPORT DATA ON THE SCREENING FOR PERINATAL  DEPRESSION,  THE
DIAGNOSED  CASES  OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION, AND RECOMMENDED OR PRESCRIBED
TREATMENT OPTIONS OR REFERRALS  MADE,  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT'S  BUREAU  OF
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH.
  (D)  FOLLOWING THE RECEIPT OF THE SCREENING DATA, THE BUREAU OF MATER-
NAL AND CHILD HEALTH SHALL ISSUE AN ANNUAL SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES RELATED
TO SCREENING FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION,  INCLUDING  BEST  PRACTICES;  THE
SCREENING  TOOLS  USED  OR IN CASES WHERE A VALIDATED TOOL WAS NOT USED,
REPORT  IF  ANY  QUESTIONNAIRE  OR  DISCUSSION  TO   INDICATE   POSSIBLE
DEPRESSION  HAD BEEN OFFERED; THE NUMBERS OF DIAGNOSED AND TREATED CASES
OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION REPORTED BY PROVIDERS AND CARRIERS; AND  RESULTS
OF ANY PRESCRIBED TREATMENT, INCLUDING THE OUTCOMES OF ANY REFERRALS FOR
FURTHER  TREATMENT.  THE  BUREAU OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SHALL FILE
THE SUMMARY ANNUALLY WITH THE COMMISSIONER AND WITH THE  CLERKS  OF  THE
SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN JUNE THIRTIETH; PROVIDED, HOWEVER,
THAT  THE FIRST REPORT IS DUE NO LATER THAN JUNE THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND
FOURTEEN.
  3. PERINATAL DEPRESSION PUBLIC EDUCATION. (A) THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL
MAKE  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION INFORMATION LEAFLETS AVAILABLE ON THE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE, ACCESSIBLE TO EVERY MATERNAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL
AND  MATERNAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY, AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT
HUNDRED THREE-J OF THIS  CHAPTER.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  PERFORM  AN
INITIAL  REVIEW OF SUCH PERINATAL DEPRESSION INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS, IN
COLLABORATION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICINE AND STATE BOARD OF MENTAL
HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, TO EVALUATE THE CONTENTS FOR ADDRESSING ALL  FORMS
OF  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION,  AND IDENTIFYING RESOURCES FOR OBTAINING HELP
FOR THE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. ALL PERINATAL  DEPRESSION  INFORMATION
OUTLINED  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE PROVIDED IN THE TOP SIX LANGUAGES
OTHER THAN ENGLISH SPOKEN IN THE STATE ACCORDING TO THE LATEST AVAILABLE
DATA FROM THE U.S.   BUREAU OF CENSUS, AND SHALL  ADOPT  ANY  RULES  AND
REGULATIONS  NECESSARY  TO  ENSURE  THAT SUCH PATIENTS, AND THEIR HEALTH
INFORMATION, IS TREATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH STATE-
MENT, INCLUDING THOSE  RULES  ASSOCIATED  WITH  THE  HEALTH  INFORMATION
PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. ALL MATERNAL HEALTH FACILITIES SHALL
BE  REQUIRED  TO PROVIDE THE PERINATAL DEPRESSION INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS
TO THEIR PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND PATIENTS.
  (B) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE  AUTHORIZED  TO  GRANT  AWARDS  FOR  THE
SUPPORT  OF  ADDITIONAL  APPROVED  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION EDUCATION GRANT
PROGRAMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TWENTY-FIVE  HUNDRED  TWENTY-TWO  OF
THIS ARTICLE.
  4.  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION  TRAINING FOR MATERNAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.
(A) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  DEVELOP  TUTORIAL  TRAINING  MATERIALS,  IN
COLLABORATION  WITH  THE  STATE  BOARD  OF  MEDICINE, THE STATE BOARD OF
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, AND THE STATE BOARD OF NURSING. THE DEPART-
MENT SHALL PROVIDE TRAINING ON PERINATAL  DEPRESSION  SCREENING  ON  ITS
WEBSITE.  THE  TRAINING  SHALL  BE  AVAILABLE  TO  EVERY MATERNAL HEALTH
PROFESSIONAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY.
  (B) A TRAINED MATERNAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SHALL BE  ABLE  TO  DO  THE
FOLLOWING:

S. 3137                             3

  (1)  IDENTIFY  AND ADMINISTER APPROPRIATE DEPRESSION DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS,
SUCH AS THE EDINBURGH POSTNATAL DEPRESSION SCALE,  TO  ASSESS  PERINATAL
DEPRESSION, WHICH SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT ONLINE;
  (2)  APPROPRIATELY  MANAGE MATERNAL RESPONSES, INCLUDING PERINATAL AND
MATERNAL DEPRESSION; AND
  (3) UNDERSTAND HOW TO  INTEGRATE  SCREENINGS  INTO  ALL  VISITS  IN  A
ROUTINE MANNER.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL PERFORM AN INITIAL REVIEW OF THE TUTORIAL
MATERIALS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, IN CONJUNCTION
WITH THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICINE, THE STATE BOARD OF MENTAL HEALTH PRAC-
TITIONERS, AND THE STATE BOARD OF NURSING, TO EVALUATE THE CONTENTS  FOR
TRAINING MATERNAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO APPROPRIATELY SCREEN FOR PERI-
NATAL DEPRESSION. ALL TRAINING MATERIALS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR MATERNAL
HEALTH  FACILITIES  TO VIEW AND/OR DOWNLOAD FOR TUTORIAL SESSIONS. AFTER
SUCH TUTORIALS, MATERNAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SHALL COMPLETE A QUESTION-
NAIRE  TESTING  THEIR  ABILITY  TO  SCREEN  MOTHERS;   UPON   SUCCESSFUL
COMPLETION, THEY SHALL SIGN A SCREENING AUTHORIZATION LETTER PROVIDED BY
THEIR HEALTH FACILITY.
  5.  SCREENING  FOR  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION.  (A)  ALL  QUALIFIED HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS SHALL SCREEN PREGNANT MOTHERS  FOR  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION;
USING  EFFECTIVE STANDARDIZED, VALIDATED DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS USED FOR PERI-
NATAL DEPRESSION SCREENING SUCH AS THE  EDINBURGH  POSTNATAL  DEPRESSION
SCALE   (EPDS),  THE  POSTPARTUM  DEPRESSION  SCREEN  (PPDS),  THE  BECK
DEPRESSION INVENTORY-II (BDI-II),  OR  THE  CENTER  FOR  EPIDEMIOLOGICAL
STUDIES-DEPRESSION SCALE (CES-D); OR EVEN WHERE SUCH SCREENING TOOLS MAY
NOT  BE USED, THEY SHALL OFFER A BASIC QUESTIONNAIRE OR BRIEF DISCUSSION
TO INDICATE POSSIBLE DEPRESSION.  THIS SHALL CONSIST OF THREE SCREENINGS
IN AN OBSTETRICAL SETTING, INCLUDING: (1) ONE IN  THE  FIRST  TRIMESTER,
INCLUDING  RISK ASSESSMENT BASED ON HISTORY OF PRIOR DEPRESSION; (2) ONE
IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER; AND (3) ONE AT THE SIX-WEEK POSTPARTUM VISIT  OR
WITHIN  THE  FIRST  MONTH OF LIFE.  FURTHER, AFTER BIRTH, AT LEAST THREE
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SCREENINGS IN A PEDIATRIC SETTING SHALL OCCUR;  THIS
INCLUDES  A  RISK  ASSESSMENT  BASED ON HISTORY OF PRIOR DEPRESSION, AND
THREE SCREENINGS AT ROUTINE WELL-CHILD VISITS DURING THE  CHILD'S  FIRST
YEAR.  ALL  HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS SHALL ADHERE TO MANDATED CONFIDEN-
TIALITY REQUIREMENTS WHEN ACCESSING, DISCUSSING, REPORTING OR  TRANSMIT-
TING  THE  RESULTS OF DEPRESSION SCREENS WHEN AVAILABLE IN A CHILD'S AND
MOTHER'S MEDICAL RECORD.
  (B) IF A MOTHER SWITCHES OBSTETRICIANS OR NURSE MIDWIVES DURING  PREG-
NANCY  THE NEW PROVIDER SHALL PERFORM A SCREENING AND RISK ASSESSMENT AT
THE FIRST APPOINTMENT, AS WELL AS THE REMAINING SCREENINGS, AS  OUTLINED
IN  THIS SECTION. IF A WOMAN SWITCHES HER CHILDREN'S PEDIATRICIAN DURING
THE FIRST YEAR OF THE CHILD'S LIFE, THE NEW PEDIATRICIAN SHALL PERFORM A
SCREENING AND RISK ASSESSMENT AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT, AS WELL AS AT AS
MANY OF THE REMAINING  SCREENINGS  AS  POSSIBLE,  AS  OUTLINED  IN  THIS
SECTION.
  (C) THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICINE,
THE  STATE  BOARD OF MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, AND THE STATE BOARD OF
NURSING, SHALL RECOMMEND AND PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE STANDARDIZED, VALI-
DATED DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS USED FOR ALL PERINATAL DEPRESSION SCREENING  SUCH
AS  THE  EDINBURGH  POSTNATAL  DEPRESSION  SCALE  (EPDS), THE POSTPARTUM
DEPRESSION SCREEN (PPDS), THE BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY-II (BDI-II),  OR
THE CENTER FOR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES-DEPRESSION SCALE (CES-D).
  (D) PHYSICIANS AND OTHER LICENSED HEALTH CARE WORKERS PROVIDING PRENA-
TAL  AND  POSTNATAL CARE TO WOMEN SHALL INCLUDE FATHERS AND OTHER FAMILY
MEMBERS, AS APPROPRIATE, IN BOTH THE EDUCATION AND  TREATMENT  PROCESSES

S. 3137                             4

TO  HELP  THEM  BETTER  UNDERSTAND  THE  NATURE  AND CAUSES OF PERINATAL
DEPRESSION.
  (E) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENHANCE EXISTING REFERRAL LISTS FOR PROVID-
ERS;  A  LIST OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING; AND A LIST
OF SUPPORT  GROUPS  AROUND  THE  STATE,  INCLUDING  ADEQUATE  ACCESSIBLE
SERVICES  OPERATED  BY  LOCAL NOT-FOR-PROFITS. SUCH ADDITIONAL REFERRALS
SHALL BE DISCUSSED BETWEEN THE  PROVIDERS  AND  THE  MOTHERS,  INCLUDING
FATHERS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, WHEN APPROPRIATE.
  S  2.  Paragraph  (g)  of  subdivision  1 of section 207 of the public
health law, as amended by section 16 of part A of  chapter  109  of  the
laws  of  2010  and as relettered by chapter 331 of the laws of 2010, is
amended to read as follows:
  (g) Improving birth outcomes, including the importance  of  preconcep-
tional  care,  early  prenatal  care,  INCLUDING  PERINATAL  DEPRESSION,
considerations of health risks during pregnancy, considerations of bene-
fits and risks of labor and delivery options including, but not  limited
to,  vaginal  and cesarean section delivery, elective or repeat cesarean
sections, and appropriate use of drugs during delivery.
  S 3. Subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (c) of section 4303
of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 661 of the laws of 1997,  is
amended to read as follows:
  (B)  Maternity  care  coverage  also shall include, at minimum, parent
education, assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding,  REPORT-
ING  SIGNS OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION, and the performance of any necessary
maternal and newborn clinical assessments.
  S 4. Subsection (a) of section 3217-c of the insurance law, as amended
by chapter 219 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) No insurer subject to this  article  shall  by  contract,  written
policy  or  procedure  limit a female insured's direct access to primary
and preventive obstetric  and  gynecologic  services,  including  annual
examinations,  care  resulting from such annual examinations, and treat-
ment of acute gynecologic conditions, from a qualified provider of  such
services of her choice from within the plan or for any care related to a
pregnancy, INCLUDING PERINATAL DEPRESSION, provided that: (1) such qual-
ified  provider  discusses  such  services  and  treatment plan with the
insured's primary care practitioner in accordance with the  requirements
of  the insurer; and (2) such qualified provider agrees to adhere to the
insurer's policies and procedures, including any  applicable  procedures
regarding referrals and obtaining prior authorization for services other
than  obstetric  and  gynecologic  services  rendered  by such qualified
provider, and agrees to provide services pursuant to  a  treatment  plan
(if any) approved by the insurer.
  S  5.  Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 10 of subsection (i)
of section 3216 of the insurance law, as added by chapter 56 of the laws
of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii) Maternity care coverage shall also include,  at  minimum,  parent
education,  assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, PERINA-
TAL DEPRESSION, and  the  performance  of  any  necessary  maternal  and
newborn clinical assessments.
  S  6. Paragraph 1 of subsection (e) and subsection (f) of section 4804
of the insurance law, as added by chapter 705 of the laws of  1996,  are
amended to read as follows:
  (1)  If an insured's health care provider leaves the insurer's in-net-
work benefits portion of its network of providers  for  a  managed  care
product for reasons other than those for which the provider would not be
eligible  to  receive  a hearing pursuant to paragraph one of subsection

S. 3137                             5

(b) of section forty-eight hundred three of this [chapter] ARTICLE,  the
insurer shall permit the insured to continue an ongoing course of treat-
ment  with  the  insured's current health care provider during a transi-
tional  period  of  (i) up to ninety days from the date of notice to the
insured of the provider's disaffiliation from the insurer's network;  or
(ii) if the insured has entered the second trimester of pregnancy at the
time  of  the  provider's disaffiliation, for a transitional period that
includes the provision of  post-partum  care  directly  related  to  the
delivery, INCLUDING FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION.
  (f) If a new insured whose health care provider is not a member of the
insurer's in-network benefits portion of the provider network enrolls in
the  managed  care  product,  the  insurer  shall  permit the insured to
continue an ongoing course  of  treatment  with  the  insured's  current
health  care  provider  during a transitional period of up to sixty days
from the effective date of enrollment, if: (1) the insured has  a  life-
threatening disease or condition or a degenerative and disabling disease
or  condition  or  (2)  the  insured has entered the second trimester of
pregnancy at the time of enrollment,  in  which  case  the  transitional
period  shall include the provision of post-partum care directly related
to the delivery INCLUDING FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION. If an insured elects
to continue to receive care from such health care provider  pursuant  to
this  paragraph,  such  care  shall be authorized by the insurer for the
transitional period only if the health  care  provider  agrees:  (A)  to
accept reimbursement from the insurer at rates established by the insur-
er  as  payment  in full, which rates shall be no more than the level of
reimbursement applicable to  similar  providers  within  the  in-network
benefits  portion  of  the  insurer's  network for such services; (B) to
adhere to the insurer's quality assurance  requirements  and  agrees  to
provide  to  the  insurer  necessary medical information related to such
care; and (C) to otherwise adhere to the insurer's policies  and  proce-
dures  including,  but not limited to procedures regarding referrals and
obtaining pre-authorization and a treatment plan approved by the  insur-
er.  In no event shall this subsection be construed to require an insur-
er to provide coverage for benefits not otherwise covered or to diminish
or  impair  pre-existing  condition  limitations  contained  within  the
insured's contract.
  S 7. The state and private insurers shall  establish  a  reimbursement
structure for perinatal depression screenings or where applicable follow
provisions pursuant to section 2530 of the public health law.
  S 8. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its  effective  date  is
authorized  and directed to be made and completed by the commissioner of
health on or before such effective date.

S3137A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7667A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2500-k, amd §§207, 2803-j & 2803-n, Pub Health L; amd §§3216 & 4303, add §3217-g, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7355

S3137A - Bill Texts

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Defines maternal depression; requires the provision of maternal depression education, and the provision of a screening and referral plan for the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3137A REVISED MEMO 06/03/2013

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the
insurance law, in relation to developing a maternal depression
screening and referral plan for the state, and providing maternal
depression education

PURPOSE:

This bill would define maternal depression; develop guidelines for
maternal depression screening and referrals; make available a
comprehensive referral list for treatment of maternal depression; and
provide public education to promote awareness of and de-stigmatize
maternal depression. in addition, legislation is intended to ensure
that State residents are informed or the public health services that
will help them, understand, identify and treat maternal depression.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 2500-k to the Public Health Law that
defines maternal depression and maternal health care provider. This
section also authorizes the commissioner to establish maternal
depression screening guidelines for the state, including the routine
employment et' screening at regular intervals during pregnancy and
after childbirth. The commissioner shall identify validated,
evidence-based diagnostic tools for maternal health care providers to
use to screen patients for maternal depression. Fathers and other
family members, as appropriate and consistent with patient
confidentiality, shall be included in dialogue about maternal
depression in order to help them better understand maternal
depression, The commissioner shall develop an appropriate referral
mechanism for maternal health care providers to use when the screening
results show the need for further evaluation and treatment of maternal
depression.

Section 2 adds paragraph (i) to subdivision 1 of section 207 of the
Public Health Law to include maternal depression on the list of
healthcare and wellness education and outreach programs what may be
conducted by the Department of Health.

Section 3 amends Subdivision 1 of section 2603-j of the Public Health
law to make leaflets that contain maternity related information
available on the Department of Health's website.

Section 4 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2603-j of
the Public Health Law to require the commissioner to review the
maternal depression informational leaflets that are distributed to
patients before they are discharged from a hospital. The leaflets
shall address the various forms of maternal depression and provide
resources for treatment of maternal depression. The leaflets shall
also be made available in the top six Languages spoken in the state,
besides English.

Section 5 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n of
the Public Health Law by adding maternal depression education,
screening and referral to hospital care for maternity patients.


Section 6 amends item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 10 of
subdivision (i) of section 3216 of the Insurance Law by.adding
maternal depression education, screening and referral to maternity
care coverage.

Section 7 amends subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (c) of
section 4303 of the Insurance Law by adding maternal depression
education, screening and referral to maternity care coverage.

Section 8 adds a new section 3217-g to the Insurance Law on screening
for maternal depression. State and private insurers shall develop a
reimbursement structure for maternal depression screening and
referral. No insurer shall limit a patient's direct access to maternal
depression screening and referral.

Section 9 establishes an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Maternal depression is broadly defined as a wide range of 'emotional
and psychological reactions a woman may experience during pregnancy or
after childbirth, These reactions may include, but arc not limited to,
feelings of despair or extreme guilt, prolonged sadness, lack of
energy, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, extreme changes in
appetite, and thoughts of suicide or of harming the baby. These
reactions may occur without warning and may happen before, during, or
immediately after childbirth, and continue into the infant's first
year of life.

Maternal depression may include prenatal depression, the "baby blues,"
postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. Each year,
approximately ten to fifteen percent of mothers and twenty-two percent
of multi-ethnic inner city, mothers develop postpartum depression;
50-80 percent of new mothers will get "baby blues"; and 0.1-0.2
percent of new mothers develop postpartum psychosis. Postpartum
psychosis, the most severe form of maternal depression, usually
includes auditory hallucinations and delusions, and in some cases
visual hallucinations. Postpartum psychosis has a five percent suicide
rate and four percent rate of infanticide, or death of an infant.

Often, the symptoms of maternal depression are not. immediately
identified because they closely resemble those generally associated
with pregnancy. As a result, maternal depression is sometimes left
untreated, and may result in a detrimental impact on the entire
family, especially the newborn and other children in the family.
Children of mothers with maternal depression are at higher risk for
serious developmental, behavioral, and emotional problems. The
immediate family is often unaware and/or unsure how to offer support.
A mother experiencing depression does not often disclose her condition
due to feelings of shame, and the severity of the condition worsens.

Maternal depression is often undetected and untreated by maternal
health care providers due to both lack of training in identifying the
condition and lack of support booth professionally and financially, as
well as concerns about the availability of treatment options and
coverage identified with maternal depression.


Early screening and identification of postpartum depression has an 80
to 90 percent success rate and offers long-term health care costs
savings. It also helps support healthy child development and addresses
issues of early childhood mental health challenges.

Women typically visit their obstetrician and gynecologist during
pregnancy and visit the pediatrician for their infant's check-ups more
often than they would any other health professional. Therefore, these
maternal health care providers are in an ideal position to screen
women for maternal depression.

Maternal depression is an epidemic that crosses racial, ethnic,
economic boundaries and requires a universal screening to identify
patients who need help, It also requires a high-quality network of
accessible treatment options to deliver help and public support so
that families and babies have a truly healthy start.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided,
however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or
repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of
this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made
and completed by the commissioner of health on or before such
effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3137--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation
  to  developing  a  maternal depression screening and referral plan for
  the state, and providing maternal depression education

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
2500-k to read as follows:
  S 2500-K. MATERNAL DEPRESSION.  1.  DEFINITIONS.    AS  USED  IN  THIS
SECTION:
  (A)  "MATERNAL DEPRESSION" MEANS A WIDE RANGE OF EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHO-
LOGICAL REACTIONS A WOMAN  MAY  EXPERIENCE  DURING  PREGNANCY  OR  AFTER
CHILDBIRTH.  THESE  REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, FEEL-
INGS OF DESPAIR OR EXTREME GUILT, PROLONGED  SADNESS,  LACK  OF  ENERGY,
DIFFICULTY  CONCENTRATING,  FATIGUE,  EXTREME  CHANGES  IN APPETITE, AND
THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE OR OF HARMING  THE  BABY.  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION  MAY
INCLUDE PRENATAL DEPRESSION, THE "BABY BLUES," POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, OR
POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS-THE SEVEREST FORM.
  (B)  "MATERNAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER" MEANS A PHYSICIAN, MIDWIFE, NURSE
PRACTITIONER, OR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, OR OTHER HEALTH CARE  PRACTITIONER
ACTING  WITHIN HIS OR HER LAWFUL SCOPE OF PRACTICE, ATTENDING A PREGNANT
WOMAN OR A WOMAN UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH,  INCLUDING  A  PRACTI-
TIONER ATTENDING THE WOMAN'S CHILD UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH.
  2.  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION SCREENING. (A) THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTA-
TION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF   MENTAL   HEALTH,   SHALL   ESTABLISH
EVIDENCE-BASED  GUIDELINES  FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING FOR USE BY
MATERNAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PEDIATRIC PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS.  IN
DEVELOPING  GUIDELINES  UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  THE  COMMISSIONER AND THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01525-02-3

S. 3137--A                          2

COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH SHALL CONSULT APPROPRIATE MATERNAL  HEALTH
CARE PROVIDERS. SUCH GUIDELINES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  (I) THE IDENTIFICATION OF SUGGESTED VALIDATED, EVIDENCE-BASED DIAGNOS-
TIC TOOLS TO BE USED FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING;
  (II)  THE  ROUTINE  EMPLOYMENT  OF  VALIDATED, EVIDENCE-BASED MATERNAL
DEPRESSION SCREENING TOOLS AT REGULAR  INTERVALS  DURING  PREGNANCY  AND
AFTER CHILDBIRTH; AND
  (III)  AN  APPROPRIATE  REFERRAL  MECHANISM  FOR  PATIENTS WHO REQUIRE
FURTHER EVALUATION, SERVICES, OR TREATMENT.
  (B) MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL  MAY  INCLUDE  COMMUNI-
CATION  WITH THE FATHER OF THE CHILD AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, AS APPRO-
PRIATE AND CONSISTENT WITH PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY.
  3. REFERRALS FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION TREATMENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
MAKE AVAILABLE A LIST OF PROVIDERS FOR TREATMENT OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION,
INCLUDING SUPPORT GROUPS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ORGAN-
IZATIONS.
  4.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE ANY REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is  amended
by adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
  (I)  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION,  INCLUDING  EDUCATION,  SCREENING, REFERRAL
SERVICES, AND POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT.
  S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of  the  public  health  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  62  of  the  laws  of  1996, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. The commissioner shall require that every hospital and birth center
shall prepare in printed or photocopied form and distribute at the  time
of  pre-booking directly to each prospective maternity patient and, upon
request, to the general public an informational  leaflet.  Such  leaflet
shall  be  designed  by  the  commissioner and shall contain brief defi-
nitions of maternity related procedures and practices  as  specified  in
subdivision two of this section and such other material as deemed appro-
priate  by the commissioner.  Hospitals and birth centers may also elect
to distribute additional explanatory material along with  the  maternity
patients informational leaflet. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE THE INFORMA-
TION LEAFLETS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
  S  4.  Subdivision  1-b of section 2803-j of the public health law, as
added by chapter 647 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  1-b. The informational leaflet shall also include information relating
to the physical  and  mental  health  of  the  maternity  patient  after
discharge  from the hospital, including, but not limited to, information
about  MATERNAL  AND  post-partum  depression.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL
PERFORM  A  REVIEW OF INFORMATION ON MATERNAL AND POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION
IN INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS, IN COLLABORATION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
MENTAL  HEALTH,  TO  EVALUATE  THE  CONTENTS FOR ADDRESSING ALL FORMS OF
MATERNAL AND  POST-PARTUM  DEPRESSION,  AND  IDENTIFYING  RESOURCES  FOR
OBTAINING  HELP  FOR THE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL INFORMATION ON
MATERNAL AND POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION IN INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS  SHALL  BE
MADE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS IN THE TOP SIX LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE STATE,
OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH,  ACCORDING  TO  THE LATEST AVAILABLE DATA FROM THE
UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU.
  S 5. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n  of  the  public
health  law,  as  added by chapter 56 of the laws of 1996, is amended to
read as follows:
  (b) Maternity care shall also include, at minimum,  parent  education,
assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, EDUCATION ON MATER-

S. 3137--A                          3

NAL  DEPRESSION  AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL, and the
performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical  assessments.
Notwithstanding  this requirement, nothing in this paragraph is intended
to result in the hospital charging any amount for such services in addi-
tion  to  the  applicable  charge  for  the maternity inpatient hospital
admission.
  S 6. Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 10 of subdivision  (i)
of section 3216 of the insurance law, as added by chapter 56 of the laws
of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii)  Maternity  care  coverage shall also include, at minimum, parent
education, assistance and training in breast or bottle  feeding,  EDUCA-
TION ON MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFER-
RAL,  and the performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical
assessments.
  S 7. Subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (c) of section 4303
of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 661 of the laws of 1997,  is
amended to read as follows:
  (B)  Maternity  care  coverage  also shall include, at minimum, parent
education, assistance and training in breast or bottle  feeding,  EDUCA-
TION ON MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFER-
RAL,  and the performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical
assessments.
  S 8. The insurance law is amended by adding a new  section  3217-g  to
read as follows:
  S  3217-G.  MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENINGS.  (A) NO INSURER SUBJECT TO
THIS ARTICLE SHALL BY CONTRACT, WRITTEN  POLICY  OR  PROCEDURE  LIMIT  A
PATIENT  INSURED'S  DIRECT ACCESS TO SCREENING AND REFERRAL FOR MATERNAL
DEPRESSION FROM A PROVIDER OF  OBSTETRICAL,  GYNECOLOGIC,  OR  PEDIATRIC
SERVICES.
  (B)  THE  STATE  AND  PRIVATE INSURERS SHALL ESTABLISH A REIMBURSEMENT
STRUCTURE FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL, AS OUTLINED IN
SECTION TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED-K OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW.
  S 9. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided that (a) sections  six,  seven  and
eight  of  this  act  shall  apply to contracts entered into, amended or
delivered on or after the first of January after this act becomes a law;
and (b) effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of
any  rule  or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on
its effective date is authorized and directed to be made  and  completed
by the commissioner of health on or before such effective date.

S3137B - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7667A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2500-k, amd §§207, 2803-j & 2803-n, Pub Health L; amd §§3216 & 4303, add §3217-g, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7355

S3137B - Bill Texts

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Defines maternal depression; requires the provision of maternal depression education, and the provision of a screening and referral plan for the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3137B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the
insurance law, in relation to developing a maternal depression
screening and referral plan for the state, and providing maternal
depression education

PURPOSE: This bill would define maternal depression; develop
guidelines for maternal depression screening and referrals; make
available a comprehensive referral list for treatment of maternal
depression; and provide public education to promote awareness of and
de-stigmatize maternal depression. In addition, legislation is
intended to ensure that State residents are informed of the public
health services that will help them understand, identify and treat
maternal depression.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 2500-k to the Public Health Law that
defines maternal depression and maternal health care provider. This
section also authorizes the commissioner to establish maternal
depression screening guidelines for the state, including the routine
employment of screening at regular intervals during pregnancy and
after childbirth. The commissioner shall identify validated,
evidence-based diagnostic tools for maternal health care providers to
use to screen patients for maternal depression. Fathers and other
family members, as appropriate and consistent with patient
confidentiality, shall be included in dialogue about maternal
depression in order to help them better understand maternal
depression. The commissioner shall develop an appropriate referral
mechanism for maternal health care providers to use when the screening
results show the need for further evaluation and treatment of maternal
depression.

Section 2 adds paragraph (i) to subdivision 1 of section 207 of the
Public Health Law to include maternal depression on the list of
healthcare and wellness education and outreach programs that may be
conducted by the Department of Health.

Section 3 amends subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of the Public Health
Law to make leaflets that contain maternity related information
available on the Department of Health's website.

Section 4 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of
the Public Health Law to require the commissioner to review the
maternal depression informational leaflets that are distributed to
patients before they are discharged from a hospital. The leaflets
shall address the various forms of maternal depression and provide
resources for treatment of maternal depression. The leaflets shall
also be made available in the top six languages spoken in the state,
besides English.

Section 5 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n of
the Public Health Law by adding maternal depression education,
screening and referral to hospital care for maternity patients.


Section 6 amends item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 10 of
subdivision (i) of section 3216 of the Insurance Law by adding
maternal depression education, screening and referral to maternity
care coverage.

Section 7 amends subparagraph (A) of paragraph 5 of subsection (k) of
section 3221 of the Insurance Law by adding maternal depression
education, screening and referral to maternity care coverage.

Section 8 amends subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (c) of
section 4303 of the Insurance Law by adding maternal depression
education, screening and referral to maternity care coverage.

Section 9 adds a new section 3217-g to the Insurance Law on screening
for maternal depression. No insurer shall limit a patient's direct
access to maternal depression screening and referral.

Section 10 establishes an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Maternal depression is broadly defined as a wide range
of emotional and psychological reactions a woman may experience during
pregnancy or after childbirth. These reactions may include, but are
not limited to, feelings of despair or extreme guilt, prolonged
sadness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, extreme
changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide or of harming the baby.
These reactions may occur without warning and may happen before,
during, or immediately after childbirth, and continue into the
infant's first year of life.

Maternal depression may include prenatal depression, the "baby blues,"
postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. Each year,
approximately ten to fifteen percent of mothers and twenty-two percent
of multi-ethnic inner city mothers develop postpartum depression;
50-80 percent of new mothers will get "baby blues"; and 0.1-0.2
percent of new mothers develop postpartum psychosis. Postpartum
psychosis, the most severe form of maternal depression, usually
includes auditory hallucinations and delusions, and in some cases
visual hallucinations. Postpartum psychosis has a five percent suicide
rate and four percent rate of infanticide, or death of an infant.

Often, the symptoms of maternal depression are not immediately
identified because they closely resemble those generally associated
with pregnancy. As a result, maternal depression is sometimes left
untreated, and may result in a detrimental impact on the entire
family, especially the newborn and other children in the family.
Children of mothers with maternal depression are at higher risk for
serious developmental, behavioral, and emotional problems. The
immediate family is often unaware and/or unsure how to offer support.
A mother experiencing depression does not often disclose her condition
due to feelings of shame, and the severity of the condition worsens.

Maternal depression is often undetected and untreated by maternal
health care providers due to both lack of training in identifying the
condition and lack of support both professionally and financially, as
well as concerns about the availability of treatment options and
coverage identified with maternal depression.


Early screening and identification of postpartum depression has an 80
to 90 percent success rate and offers long-term health care costs
savings. It also helps support healthy child development and addresses
issues of early childhood mental health challenges.

Women typically visit their obstetrician and gynecologist during
pregnancy and visit the pediatrician for their infant's check-ups more
often than they would any other health professional. Therefore, these
maternal health care providers are in an ideal position to screen
women for maternal depression.

Maternal depression is an epidemic that crosses racial, ethnic,
economic boundaries and requires a universal screening to identify
patients who need help. It also requires a high-quality network of
accessible treatment options to deliver help and public support so
that families and babies have a truly healthy start.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a
law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition,
amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the
implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and
directed to be made and completed by the commissioner of health on or
before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3137--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation
  to developing a maternal depression screening and  referral  plan  for
  the state, and providing maternal depression education

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
2500-k to read as follows:
  S  2500-K.  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION.  1.  DEFINITIONS.    AS USED IN THIS
SECTION:
  (A) "MATERNAL DEPRESSION" MEANS A WIDE RANGE OF EMOTIONAL AND  PSYCHO-
LOGICAL  REACTIONS  A  WOMAN  MAY  EXPERIENCE  DURING PREGNANCY OR AFTER
CHILDBIRTH. THESE REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED  TO,  FEEL-
INGS  OF  DESPAIR  OR  EXTREME GUILT, PROLONGED SADNESS, LACK OF ENERGY,
DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, FATIGUE,  EXTREME  CHANGES  IN  APPETITE,  AND
THOUGHTS  OF  SUICIDE  OR  OF  HARMING THE BABY. MATERNAL DEPRESSION MAY
INCLUDE PRENATAL DEPRESSION, THE "BABY BLUES," POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, OR
POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS-THE SEVEREST FORM.
  (B) "MATERNAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER" MEANS A PHYSICIAN, MIDWIFE,  NURSE
PRACTITIONER,  OR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER
ACTING WITHIN HIS OR HER LAWFUL SCOPE OF PRACTICE, ATTENDING A  PREGNANT
WOMAN  OR  A  WOMAN UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH, INCLUDING A PRACTI-
TIONER ATTENDING THE WOMAN'S CHILD UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH.
  2. MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING. (A) THE COMMISSIONER,  IN  CONSULTA-
TION   WITH   THE   COMMISSIONER   OF  MENTAL  HEALTH,  SHALL  ESTABLISH
EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING FOR  USE  BY
MATERNAL  HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PEDIATRIC PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS. IN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01525-05-3

S. 3137--B                          2

DEVELOPING GUIDELINES UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  THE  COMMISSIONER  AND  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF MENTAL HEALTH SHALL CONSULT APPROPRIATE MATERNAL HEALTH
CARE PROVIDERS. SUCH GUIDELINES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  (I) THE IDENTIFICATION OF SUGGESTED VALIDATED, EVIDENCE-BASED DIAGNOS-
TIC TOOLS TO BE USED FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING;
  (II)  THE  ROUTINE  EMPLOYMENT  OF  VALIDATED, EVIDENCE-BASED MATERNAL
DEPRESSION SCREENING TOOLS AT REGULAR  INTERVALS  DURING  PREGNANCY  AND
AFTER CHILDBIRTH; AND
  (III)  AN  APPROPRIATE  REFERRAL  MECHANISM  FOR  PATIENTS WHO REQUIRE
FURTHER EVALUATION, SERVICES, OR TREATMENT.
  (B) MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL  MAY  INCLUDE  COMMUNI-
CATION  WITH THE FATHER OF THE CHILD AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, AS APPRO-
PRIATE AND CONSISTENT WITH PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY.
  3. REFERRALS FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION TREATMENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
MAKE AVAILABLE A LIST OF PROVIDERS FOR TREATMENT OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION,
INCLUDING SUPPORT GROUPS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ORGAN-
IZATIONS.
  4.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE ANY REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is  amended
by adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
  (I)  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION,  INCLUDING  EDUCATION,  SCREENING, REFERRAL
SERVICES, AND POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT.
  S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of  the  public  health  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  62  of  the  laws  of  1996, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. The commissioner shall require that every hospital and birth center
shall prepare in printed or photocopied form and distribute at the  time
of  pre-booking directly to each prospective maternity patient and, upon
request, to the general public an informational  leaflet.  Such  leaflet
shall  be  designed  by  the  commissioner and shall contain brief defi-
nitions of maternity related procedures and practices  as  specified  in
subdivision two of this section and such other material as deemed appro-
priate  by the commissioner.  Hospitals and birth centers may also elect
to distribute additional explanatory material along with  the  maternity
patients informational leaflet. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE THE INFORMA-
TION LEAFLETS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
  S  4.  Subdivision  1-b of section 2803-j of the public health law, as
added by chapter 647 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  1-b. The informational leaflet shall also include information relating
to the physical  and  mental  health  of  the  maternity  patient  after
discharge  from the hospital, including, but not limited to, information
about  MATERNAL  AND  post-partum  depression.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL
PERFORM  A  REVIEW OF INFORMATION ON MATERNAL AND POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION
IN INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS, IN COLLABORATION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
MENTAL  HEALTH,  TO  EVALUATE  THE  CONTENTS FOR ADDRESSING ALL FORMS OF
MATERNAL AND  POST-PARTUM  DEPRESSION,  AND  IDENTIFYING  RESOURCES  FOR
OBTAINING  HELP  FOR THE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL INFORMATION ON
MATERNAL AND POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION IN INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS  SHALL  BE
MADE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS IN THE TOP SIX LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE STATE,
OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH,  ACCORDING  TO  THE LATEST AVAILABLE DATA FROM THE
UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU.
  S 5. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n  of  the  public
health  law,  as  added by chapter 56 of the laws of 1996, is amended to
read as follows:

S. 3137--B                          3

  (b) Maternity care shall also include, at minimum,  parent  education,
assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, EDUCATION ON MATER-
NAL  DEPRESSION  AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL, and the
performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical  assessments.
Notwithstanding  this requirement, nothing in this paragraph is intended
to result in the hospital charging any amount for such services in addi-
tion to the applicable  charge  for  the  maternity  inpatient  hospital
admission.
  S  6. Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 10 of subdivision (i)
of section 3216 of the insurance law, as added by chapter 56 of the laws
of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii) Maternity care coverage shall also include,  at  minimum,  parent
education,  assistance  and training in breast or bottle feeding, EDUCA-
TION ON MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFER-
RAL, and the performance of any necessary maternal and newborn  clinical
assessments.
  S 7. Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 5 of subsection (k) of
section 3221 of the insurance law, as added by chapter 56 of the laws of
1996, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii)  Maternity  care  coverage shall also include, at minimum, parent
education, assistance and training in breast or bottle  feeding,  EDUCA-
TION ON MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFER-
RAL,  and the performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical
assessments.
  S 8. Subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (c) of section 4303
of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 661 of the laws of 1997,  is
amended to read as follows:
  (B)  Maternity  care  coverage  also shall include, at minimum, parent
education, assistance and training in breast or bottle  feeding,  EDUCA-
TION ON MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFER-
RAL,  and the performance of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical
assessments.
  S 9. The insurance law is amended by adding a new  section  3217-g  to
read as follows:
  S  3217-G. MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENINGS.  NO INSURER SUBJECT TO THIS
ARTICLE SHALL BY CONTRACT, WRITTEN POLICY OR PROCEDURE LIMIT  A  PATIENT
INSURED'S   DIRECT   ACCESS  TO  SCREENING  AND  REFERRAL  FOR  MATERNAL
DEPRESSION FROM A PROVIDER OF  OBSTETRICAL,  GYNECOLOGIC,  OR  PEDIATRIC
SERVICES.
  S  10.  This  act  shall  take effect on the one hundred eightieth day
after it shall have become a law; provided that (a) sections six, seven,
eight and nine of this  act  shall  apply  to  contracts  entered  into,
amended  or  delivered  on  or after the first of January after this act
becomes a law; and (b) effective immediately,  the  addition,  amendment
and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation
of  this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made
and completed by the commissioner of health on or before such  effective
date.

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S3137C (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7667A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2500-k, amd §§207, 2803-j & 2803-n, Pub Health L; amd §§3216 & 4303, add §3217-g, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7355

S3137C (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Defines maternal depression; requires the provision of maternal depression education, and the provision of a screening and referral plan for the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3137C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the
insurance law, in relation to developing a maternal depression
screening and referral plan for the state, and providing maternal
depression education

PURPOSE: This bill would define maternal depression; develop
guidelines for maternal depression screening and referrals; make
available a comprehensive referral list for treatment of maternal
depression; and provide public education to promote awareness of and
de-stigmatize maternal depression. In addition, legislation is
intended to ensure that State residents are informed of the public
health services that will help them understand, identify and treat
maternal depression.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 2500-k to the Public Health Law that
defines maternal depression and maternal health care provider. This
section also authorizes the commissioner to establish maternal
depression screening guidelines for the state, including the routine
employment of screening at regular intervals during pregnancy and
after childbirth. The commissioner shall identify validated,
evidence-based diagnostic tools for maternal health care providers to
use to screen patients for maternal depression. Fathers and other
family members, as appropriate and consistent with patient
confidentiality, shall be included in dialogue about maternal
depression in order to help them better understand maternal
depression. The commissioner shall develop an appropriate referral
mechanism for maternal health care providers to use when the screening
results show the need for further evaluation and treatment of maternal
depression.

Section 2 adds paragraph (i) to subdivision 1 of section 207 of the
Public Health Law to include maternal depression on the list of
healthcare and wellness education and outreach programs that may be
conducted by the Department of Health.

Section 3 amends subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of the Public Health
Law to make leaflets that contain maternity related information
available on the Department of Health's website.

Section 4 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-j of
the Public Health Law to require the commissioner to review the
maternal depression informational leaflets that are distributed to
patients before they are discharged from a hospital. The leaflets
shall address the various forms of maternal depression and provide
resources for treatment of maternal depression. The leaflets shall
also be made available in the top six languages spoken in the state,
besides English.

Section 5 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n of
the Public Health Law by adding maternal depression education,
screening and referral to hospital care for maternity patients.


Section 6 adds a new section 3217-g to the Insurance Law on screening
for maternal depression. No insurer shall limit a patient's direct
access to maternal depression screening and referral.

Section 7 establishes an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Maternal depression is broadly defined as a wide range
of emotional and psychological reactions a woman may experience during
pregnancy or after childbirth. These reactions may include, but are
not limited to, feelings of despair or extreme guilt, prolonged
sadness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, extreme
changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide or of harming the baby.
These reactions may occur without warning and may happen before,
during, or immediately after childbirth, and continue into the
infant's first year of life.

Maternal depression may include prenatal depression, the "baby blues,"
postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. Each year,
approximately ten to fifteen percent of mothers and twenty-two percent
of multi-ethnic inner city mothers develop postpartum depression;
50-80 percent of new mothers will get "baby blues"; and 0.1-0.2
percent of new mothers develop postpartum psychosis. Postpartum
psychosis, the most severe form of maternal depression, usually
includes auditory hallucinations and delusions, and in some cases
visual hallucinations. Postpartum psychosis has a five percent suicide
rate and four percent rate of infanticide, or death of an infant.

Often, the symptoms of maternal depression are not immediately
identified because they closely resemble those generally associated
with pregnancy. As a result, maternal depression is sometimes left
untreated, and may result in a detrimental impact on the entire
family, especially the newborn and other children in the family.
Children of mothers with maternal depression are at higher risk for
serious developmental, behavioral, and emotional problems. The
immediate family is often unaware and/or unsure how to offer support.
A mother experiencing depression does not often disclose her condition
due to feelings of shame, and the severity of the condition worsens.

Maternal depression is often undetected and untreated by maternal
health care providers due to both lack of training in identifying the
condition and lack of support both professionally and financially, as
well as concerns about the availability of treatment options and
coverage identified with maternal depression.

Early screening and identification of postpartum depression has an 80
to 90 percent success rate and offers long-term health care costs
savings. It also helps support healthy child development and addresses
issues of early childhood mental health challenges.

Women typically visit their obstetrician and gynecologist during
pregnancy and visit the pediatrician for their infant's check-ups more
often than they would any other health professional. Therefore, these
maternal health care providers are in an ideal position to screen
women for maternal depression.

Maternal depression is an epidemic that crosses racial, ethnic,
economic boundaries and requires a universal screening to identify


patients who need help. It also requires a high-quality network of
accessible treatment options to deliver help and public support so
that families and babies have a truly healthy start.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a
law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition,
amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the
implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and
directed to be made and completed by the commissioner of health on or
before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3137--C

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation
  to  developing  a  maternal depression screening and referral plan for
  the state, and providing maternal depression education

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
2500-k to read as follows:
  S 2500-K. MATERNAL DEPRESSION.  1.  DEFINITIONS.    AS  USED  IN  THIS
SECTION:
  (A)  "MATERNAL DEPRESSION" MEANS A WIDE RANGE OF EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHO-
LOGICAL REACTIONS A WOMAN  MAY  EXPERIENCE  DURING  PREGNANCY  OR  AFTER
CHILDBIRTH.  THESE  REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, FEEL-
INGS OF DESPAIR OR EXTREME GUILT, PROLONGED  SADNESS,  LACK  OF  ENERGY,
DIFFICULTY  CONCENTRATING,  FATIGUE,  EXTREME  CHANGES  IN APPETITE, AND
THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE OR OF HARMING  THE  BABY.  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION  MAY
INCLUDE PRENATAL DEPRESSION, THE "BABY BLUES," POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, OR
POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS-THE SEVEREST FORM.
  (B)  "MATERNAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER" MEANS A PHYSICIAN, MIDWIFE, NURSE
PRACTITIONER, OR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, OR OTHER HEALTH CARE  PRACTITIONER
ACTING  WITHIN HIS OR HER LAWFUL SCOPE OF PRACTICE, ATTENDING A PREGNANT
WOMAN OR A WOMAN UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH,  INCLUDING  A  PRACTI-
TIONER ATTENDING THE WOMAN'S CHILD UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER CHILDBIRTH.
  2.  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION SCREENING. (A) THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTA-
TION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF   MENTAL   HEALTH,   SHALL   ESTABLISH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01525-07-3

S. 3137--C                          2

EVIDENCE-BASED  GUIDELINES  FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING FOR USE BY
MATERNAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PEDIATRIC PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS.  IN
DEVELOPING  GUIDELINES  UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  THE  COMMISSIONER AND THE
COMMISSIONER  OF MENTAL HEALTH SHALL CONSULT APPROPRIATE MATERNAL HEALTH
CARE PROVIDERS. SUCH GUIDELINES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  (I) THE IDENTIFICATION OF SUGGESTED VALIDATED, EVIDENCE-BASED DIAGNOS-
TIC TOOLS TO BE USED FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING;
  (II) THE ROUTINE  EMPLOYMENT  OF  VALIDATED,  EVIDENCE-BASED  MATERNAL
DEPRESSION  SCREENING  TOOLS  AT  REGULAR INTERVALS DURING PREGNANCY AND
AFTER CHILDBIRTH; AND
  (III) AN APPROPRIATE  REFERRAL  MECHANISM  FOR  PATIENTS  WHO  REQUIRE
FURTHER EVALUATION, SERVICES, OR TREATMENT.
  (B)  MATERNAL  DEPRESSION  SCREENING AND REFERRAL MAY INCLUDE COMMUNI-
CATION WITH THE FATHER OF THE CHILD AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, AS  APPRO-
PRIATE AND CONSISTENT WITH PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY.
  3. REFERRALS FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION TREATMENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
MAKE AVAILABLE A LIST OF PROVIDERS FOR TREATMENT OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION,
INCLUDING  SUPPORT GROUPS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGAN-
IZATIONS.
  4. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE ANY REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO  IMPLEMENT
THIS SECTION.
  S  2. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended
by adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
  (I) MATERNAL  DEPRESSION,  INCLUDING  EDUCATION,  SCREENING,  REFERRAL
SERVICES, AND POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT.
  S  3.  Subdivision  1  of  section 2803-j of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 62 of the  laws  of  1996,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1. The commissioner shall require that every hospital and birth center
shall  prepare in printed or photocopied form and distribute at the time
of pre-booking directly to each prospective maternity patient and,  upon
request,  to  the  general public an informational leaflet. Such leaflet
shall be designed by the commissioner  and  shall  contain  brief  defi-
nitions  of  maternity  related procedures and practices as specified in
subdivision two of this section and such other material as deemed appro-
priate by the commissioner.  Hospitals and birth centers may also  elect
to  distribute  additional explanatory material along with the maternity
patients informational leaflet. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE THE INFORMA-
TION LEAFLETS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
  S 4. Subdivision 1-b of section 2803-j of the public  health  law,  as
added by chapter 647 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  1-b. The informational leaflet shall also include information relating
to  the  physical  and  mental  health  of  the  maternity patient after
discharge from the hospital, including, but not limited to,  information
about  MATERNAL  AND  post-partum  depression.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL
PERFORM A REVIEW OF INFORMATION ON MATERNAL AND  POST-PARTUM  DEPRESSION
IN  INFORMATIONAL  LEAFLETS,  IN  COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF
MENTAL HEALTH, TO EVALUATE THE CONTENTS  FOR  ADDRESSING  ALL  FORMS  OF
MATERNAL  AND  POST-PARTUM  DEPRESSION,  AND  IDENTIFYING  RESOURCES FOR
OBTAINING HELP FOR THE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL  INFORMATION  ON
MATERNAL  AND  POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION IN INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS SHALL BE
MADE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS IN THE TOP SIX LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE STATE,
OTHER THAN ENGLISH, ACCORDING TO THE  LATEST  AVAILABLE  DATA  FROM  THE
UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU.

S. 3137--C                          3

  S  5.  Paragraph  (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2803-n of the public
health law, as added by chapter 56 of the laws of 1996,  is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (b)  Maternity  care shall also include, at minimum, parent education,
assistance and training in breast or bottle feeding, EDUCATION ON MATER-
NAL DEPRESSION AND MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL,  and  the
performance  of any necessary maternal and newborn clinical assessments.
Notwithstanding this requirement, nothing in this paragraph is  intended
to result in the hospital charging any amount for such services in addi-
tion  to  the  applicable  charge  for  the maternity inpatient hospital
admission.
  S 6. The insurance law is amended by adding a new  section  3217-g  to
read as follows:
  S  3217-G. MATERNAL DEPRESSION SCREENINGS.  NO INSURER SUBJECT TO THIS
ARTICLE SHALL BY CONTRACT, WRITTEN POLICY OR PROCEDURE LIMIT  A  PATIENT
INSURED'S   DIRECT   ACCESS  TO  SCREENING  AND  REFERRAL  FOR  MATERNAL
DEPRESSION FROM A PROVIDER OF  OBSTETRICAL,  GYNECOLOGIC,  OR  PEDIATRIC
SERVICES.
  S 7. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it  shall  have  become a law; provided that (a) section six of this act
shall apply to contracts entered into, amended or delivered on or  after
the  first  of  January  after this act becomes a law; and (b) effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regu-
lation  necessary  for  the  implementation of this act on its effective
date is authorized and directed to be made and completed by the  commis-
sioner of health on or before such effective date.

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