Laws and Policies - Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Laws and Policies Related to Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Minnesota

Payment for Postpartum Depression Screening with Well Child Visits

In Minnesota, screening for postpartum depression (of the parent not baby) can be done in the infant well child check, and billed to the infant's insurance. Here's a detailed outline of how this policy was created.

For Medicaid policy, coding and billing information related to postpartum depression screening in Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC), refer to the C&TC Section of the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) Provider Manual.

Provision of Maternal Depression Information to Women

According to Minnesota Statute, hospitals and other delivery facilities must provide departing new mothers with information about postpartum depression. MDH provides these materials.

Effectively Educate Communities of Color regarding Postpartum Depression

A recent addition (2012) to the Minnesota Statute requires the state to ensure materials and education regarding postpartum depression are effective in ways that reduce racial disparities and are accessible to women of color.