MassHealth to start covering postpartum depression screenings in 2016

June 30, 2015

As of spring 2016, MassHealth will reimburse healthcare providers for postpartum depression screenings conducted on new mothers. The legislation is meant to encourage new mothers to seek mental healthcare if necessary since, as of 2013 reporting, only half of the 9.3% of women suffering from post-birth depression in Massachusetts got help from a professional. Postpartum depression screenings are typically short surveys that assess new mothers' overall mental health, and can cost up to $100. Studies have shown that as many as 60% of women who receive initial screenings go back for a follow-up, and 35% end up receiving treatment. Massachusetts' postpartum depression initiatives are not as wide-reaching as states like New Jersey, Illinois and West Virginia, all of which require all new mothers to be screened post-delivery. 
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