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Work in Action

Policy Wins

The Maternal Behavioral Health Policy and Financing Coalition (a workgroup of the Collaborative) sets policy priorities to center our collaborative efforts and ultimately to advance the four primary goals of the Colorado Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and Framework.

In 2021, recognizing challenges related to behavioral health as compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our coalition members and organizational partners sought to leverage coronavirus-related resources and federal relief legislation to implement sustainable policies that improve the behavioral health of pregnant and postpartum people and their infants. 

We celebrate the successes of our partners and are immensely grateful for the impact of their work on the mental health and wellness needs of Colorado families.

  • Authorizes peer-run organizations to act as billing agents under Medicaid, ensures peer support professionals are reimbursed for providing services through telehealth and requires the state’s Managed Service Organizations to invest in recovery services as well as treatment programs

  • Requires the establishment of a standardized health benefit plan by rule to be offered by health insurance. The standardized plan will improve coverage for perinatal services and further expand access to health insurance coverage for people left out of health reform, including undocumented Coloradans

  • Expands Medicaid to include access to contraceptives for undocumented Coloradans and improves access to a year’s supply of contraceptives to any person who uses Medicaid on the first visit

  • Ensures access to all forms of contraception without costs to patients and ensures that recipients have access to their choice of family planning-related provider for conventional family planning services, as well as for counseling, prevention, and screening for a sexually transmitted infection

  • Expands Medicaid coverage for full family planning services to people who lack coverage and are just above the Medicaid income eligibility threshold

  • Provides two million dollars over two years to diaper distribution centers that make diapering essentials available to all parents, guardians, or family members of a child who wears diapers and resides in Colorado

  • Requires Medicaid to include screening of all caregivers for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and establishes an interim task force to issue a report and recommendations on policies to create transformational change in the area of behavioral health using federal funds

  • Requires facilities where people give birth to demonstrate policies that allow every birthing person to have a support person with them in addition to a partner or spouse, prioritize newborns bonding with their families, have a process for receiving and transferring patients across levels of care, and do not exclude from care or interrupt anyone experiencing birth without informed consent from the birthing person

  • Extends Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum and requires public & private health insurance plans to reimburse providers in a manner that promotes high-quality, cost-effective, and evidence-based care and expands the data collection and reporting duties of CDPHE and the MMRC to incorporate input and feedback from people who are directly impacted, with a focus on racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as non-profits and community-based groups, among other data points