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APTR Urges Congress to Include Recommended Report Language Around Maternal Mental Health Disorders

Wednesday, June 5, 2019  
Posted by: Michelle Navarro
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APTR and other national, regional, and local organizations request from Congress representatives the addition of specific report language within the FY 2020 LHHS appropriations bill to conduct an interagency report on HHS agency roles in addressing maternal mental health disorders.

Roughly twenty percent of childbearing women experience a maternal mental health disorder during pregnancy or within one year after their pregnancy and this percentage can increase to fifty percent when factoring in social determinants of health. Unfortunately, untreated maternal mental health disorders cost the US an estimated $14.2 billion in societal costs for births in 2017. These societal costs include maternal productivity loss, a greater use of welfare and Medicaid, and overall higher healthcare costs due to adverse maternal and child health outcomes.

To build on Congress' work to address maternal mental health, APTR and other organizations request language involving interagency roles to address maternal mental health disorders from the House FY 2020 LHHS appropriations report be included in the bipartisan Bring Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015; a part of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Sign-on Letter: Maternal Mental Health Interagency Report

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