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State lawmakers recently approved a health budget bill allowing postpartum women diagnosed with a mental health disorder to remain on Medi-Cal for up to a year after pregnancy. Before the passage of this legislation, low-income women without health coverage who were diagnosed with postpartum depression could only receive extended mental health treatment for up to two months post-birth.
Beginning July 1 and for the next two years, women experiencing postpartum depression would be able to stay on Medi-Cal for treatment for up to 12 months post-birth. The benefit would help those without health insurance and undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for full-scope Medi-Cal. The expansion would sunset in December 2021 and cost $8.6 million per year from the general fund.
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