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Lawmakers Push for Better Mental Health Care for New Moms

February 2, 2024

Leo Shane III

Military Times

By Leo Shane III, Military Times / January 26, 2024

The leaders of a special House panel on military quality of life issues are pushing the Defense Department to launch a new pilot program providing targeted mental health care to pregnant service members and new parents.

Their proposal — the Maintaining Our Obligation to Moms who Serve Act — could be included among a host of expected quality of life proposals expected to be unveiled by the House Armed Services Committee later this year. Comparison legislation was also introduced in the Senate on Thursday.

In a joint release announcing the plan, Reps. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., said the goal of the plan is “to reduce the rates of poor mental health conditions among mothers in the military and improve the military readiness of service members.”

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