Maternal & Child Health

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SB 163 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Doula Pilot Program Establishing the Maryland Medical Assistance Program Doula Pilot Program to be administered by the Maryland Department of Health and to provide doula services to program recipients in Baltimore City, Charles County, and Prince George's County who are pregnant or postpartum; requiring the Department to evaluate the effectiveness of the Pilot Program and to report by June 1, 2023, 2024, and 2025, to the Governor and General Assembly on the implementation of the Pilot Program and whether the State should expand the Pilot Program; etc. SB 163

Hearing 3/30 at 1:30 p.m. (3/24)
SB 592 (HB 258) - State Child Welfare System - Reporting Altering the contents of a certain report required by the Department of Human Services regarding children and foster youth in the State child welfare system; requiring the State Department of Education, on or before December 1 each year, to report to the General Assembly and the Department of Human Services certain information regarding children and foster youth in the State child welfare system; requiring the State Department of Education to publish each report on its website within 30 days after submission to the General Assembly; etc. SB 592

HB 258

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 316 (5/18)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 315 (5/18)
SB 684 (HB 758) - Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act Establishing a licensing and regulatory system for the practice of certified midwifery under the State Board of Nursing; requiring the Board to set standards for the practice of certified midwifery, maintain a list of all licensed certified midwives in the State, and set certain fees; altering the circumstances under which the Board shall require an applicant or a licensee to submit to a certain examination; requiring the Board to give certain persons a hearing before taking certain actions; etc. SB 684

HB 758

SB 684- Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 758- Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 463 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 462 (5/30)
SB 777 (HB 1349) - Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund Renaming the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fund to be the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund; altering the purpose of the Fund to include making grants to federally qualified health centers, hospitals, and certain providers to increase access to prenatal care, which may include behavioral and oral health services; altering the proposals from counties or municipalities that are required to receive priority in the awarding of grants; etc. SB 777

HB 1349

SB 777- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 1349- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (3-10)

HB 1349- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (4-7)

Dr Blair Eig- HB 1349 testimony.docx (4-7)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 495 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 494 (5/30)
SB 891 (HB 1112) - Public Health - Maternal and Child Mortality - Review and Perinatal Hospice Services Authorizing the State Child Fatality Review Team to enter into a certain agreement for secure storage of data and requiring the agreement to provide certain protection and address certain issues; requiring a certain entity to comply with certain confidentiality requirements; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to develop a certain list of certain perinatal hospice programs; authorizing a perinatal hospice program to request that the Department include certain information on the Department's website; etc. SB 891

HB 1112

Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/11)

Hearing 3/19 at 4:00 p.m. (3/18)
SB 923 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Eligibility Requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide comprehensive medical, dental, and other health care services for a pregnant Program recipient for the duration of the pregnancy and for 1 year immediately following the end of the woman's pregnancy. SB 923

SB 923- Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Eligibility and Disenrollment- Support with Sponsor Amendmentes.pdf (3-8)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 470 (5/30)
HB 235 - Correctional Services - Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals - Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be screened for substance use disorder at intake using a validated screening tool; requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be referred immediately to a behavioral health care provider and a reproductive health care provider for certain purposes; requiring a certain correctional unit to ensure that a pregnant incarcerated individual continues to receive certain medication in a certain manner under certain circumstances; etc. HB 235

Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. (1/15)
HB 925 - Workgroup on Medical Cannabis Use by Pregnant and Nursing Women Establishing the Workgroup on Medical Cannabis Use by Pregnant and Nursing Women; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Workgroup; prohibiting a member of the Workgroup from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing reimbursement for certain expenses; requiring the Workgroup to conduct a certain study and make certain recommendations; requiring the Workgroup to reporting its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2021; etc. HB 925

Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
HB 1032 - Health Occupations - Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives - Previous Cesarean Section Altering the circumstances under which a licensed direct-entry midwife is prohibited from taking certain responsibility for a patient who had a previous cesarean section; and requiring a licensed direct-entry midwife to consult with a health care practitioner and document the consultation if a patient had a previous cesarean section that resulted in a confirmed low transverse incision and was performed at least 18 months before the expected date of birth for the current pregnancy. HB 1032

HB 1032- Health Occupations - Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives - Previous Cesarean Section- Oppose.pdf (3-17)

Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. (2/12)
HB 1202 - Hospitals and Birth Centers - COVID-19 Visitation Policies - Doulas Requiring that a doula be authorized to be present with a woman during labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery under certain circumstances; prohibiting a doula from being considered a support person or visitor under certain circumstances; making the Act and emergency measure; and terminating the Act at the end of July 31, 2023. HB 1202

HB 1202- Hospitals and Birth Centers - COVID-19 Visitation Policies - Doulas- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)