Prenatal and postnatal depression, etc.; importance of screening patients. (HB42)

Introduced By

Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health care providers; screening of patients for prenatal and postpartum depression; training. Directs the Board of Medicine to annually issue a communication to every practitioner licensed by the Board who provides primary, maternity, obstetrical, or gynecological health care services reiterating the standard of care pertaining to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression and encouraging practitioners to screen every patient who is pregnant or who has been pregnant within the previous five years for prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, as clinically appropriate. The bill requires the Board to include in such communication information about the factors that may increase susceptibility of certain patients to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, including racial and economic disparities, and to encourage providers to remain cognizant of the increased risk of depression for such patients. Read the Bill »


11/19/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


11/19/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100344D
11/19/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB42)
01/15/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107179D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107179D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB42H1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB42H1)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2020Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendment (10-Y 5-N)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.

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