SB 1240
Creates a health advocate program in the Department of Health and Senior Services
LR Number:
Last Action:
1/25/2024 - Second Read and Referred S Health and Welfare Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2024

Current Bill Summary

SB 1240 - This act requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish a health advocate program for eligible pregnant patients who request a health advocate for the duration of their pregnancy in order to navigate the health care system and communicate with the health care professionals providing health care to the patient. The health advocate shall assess the needs of the patient, prepare a birthing plan, be present in the birthing room or on call during the birthing process, advocate for the patient, and document any conflict between the patient, health care professionals, and the patient's family members. The Department shall raise awareness about the program as described in the act. Finally, this act creates the "Health Advocate Program Fund".

This act is identical to SB 715 (2023) and HB 1234 (2023).



No Amendments Found.