Bill Text: TX SB43 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to pregnancy-related deaths and maternal morbidity, including postpartum depression.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-14 - Filed [SB43 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB43-Introduced.html
  85S10123 DMS-D
 
  By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 43
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to pregnancy-related deaths and maternal morbidity,
  including postpartum depression.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 34.005, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 34.005.  DUTIES OF TASK FORCE. The task force shall:
               (1)  study and review:
                     (A)  cases of pregnancy-related deaths; [and]
                     (B)  trends, rates, or disparities in
  pregnancy-related deaths and [in] severe maternal morbidity;
                     (C)  health conditions and factors that
  disproportionately affect the most at-risk population as
  determined in the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force and
  Department of State Health Services Joint Biennial Report (July
  2016); and
                     (D)  best practices and programs operating in
  other states that have reduced rates of pregnancy-related deaths;
               (2)  compare rates of pregnancy-related deaths based on
  the socioeconomic status of the mother;
               (3)  determine the feasibility of the task force
  studying cases of severe maternal morbidity; and
               (4) [(3)]  make recommendations to help reduce the
  incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal
  morbidity in this state.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 34.007(a) and (b), Health and Safety
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The department shall determine a statistically
  significant number of cases of pregnancy-related deaths for review.  
  The department shall either randomly select cases or select all
  cases for the task force to review under this subsection to reflect
  a cross-section of pregnancy-related deaths in this state.
         (b)  The department shall statistically analyze aggregate
  data of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in
  this state to identify any trends, rates, or disparities.
         SECTION 3.  Chapter 34, Health and Safety Code, is amended by
  adding Section 34.0155 to read as follows:
         Sec. 34.0155.  REPORT ON PREGNANCY-RELATED DEATHS AND
  POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. The commission shall: 
               (1)  evaluate options for reducing pregnancy-related
  deaths, focusing on the most prevalent causes of pregnancy-related
  deaths as identified in the task force's biennial report required
  under Section 34.015, and for treating postpartum depression in
  economically disadvantaged women; and
               (2)  submit a written report summarizing the
  commission's and department's efforts to accomplish the tasks
  described by Subdivision (1) to the governor, the lieutenant
  governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the
  Legislative Budget Board, and the appropriate standing committees
  of the legislature not later than December 1 of each even-numbered
  year.
         SECTION 4.  Section 34.018, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 34.018.  SUNSET PROVISION. The task force is subject to
  Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued
  in existence as provided by that chapter, the task force is
  abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2023 [2019].
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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