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Maternal Health Midwives

Concerning maternal health, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The act:

  • Requires the Colorado civil rights commission to establish certain parameters when receiving reports for maternity care;
  • Adds a midwife to the environmental justice advisory board and the governor's expert emergency epidemic response committee and adds midwifery as a preferred area of expertise for members of the health equity commission; and
  • Requires a health facility that provides maternal health-care services to notify certain individuals at least 90 days before eliminating the services.

The act also allows the department of public health and environment (department) to contract with a third-party evaluator to complete the following tasks and make appropriate recommendations:

  • Study closures, consolidations, and acquisitions related to perinatal health-care practices and facilities and perinatal state-designated health professional shortage areas and assets and deficits related to perinatal health and health-care services across the state, not limited to obstetric providers;
  • Identify major outcome categories that the department should track over time and identify risks and opportunities;
  • Explore the effects of practice and facility closures (closures) on maternal and infant health outcomes and experiences;
  • Identify recommendations and best practice guidelines during closures and resultant transfers of care; and
  • Create a health professional shortage area and perinatal health services assets and deficits map.

APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2024

EFFECTIVE June 4, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details