Bill Summaries: S 455 PROTECT MOMS WHO SERVE.

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  • Summary date: Mar 30 2023 - View Summary

    Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to perform a study on issues affecting women who serve in the military, including (1) coordination between veterans health care facilities and non-veterans facilities in the delivery of maternity and other health care, (2) facilitating access to community resources to address social determinants of health, including housing, nutrition, and employment status, (3) identifying mental and behavioral risks to health for prenatal and postpartum periods, and ensuring veteran mothers get necessary treatments, (4) facilitating access to classes on childbirth preparation, parenting, and lactation, and nutrition counselling and breastfeeding support, and (5) reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes. Requires DHHS to consult with mothers who currently serve or formerly served in the military, and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. 

    Requires DHHS to report its findings with any recommendations for legislation to various committees and division at the General Assembly by April 1, 2024. Appropriates $100,000 for 2023-24 from the General Fund to DHHS for completion of the study. 

    Effective July 1, 2023.