Maienschein's other bill would direct the state to tap into a new federal pot of money set aside for postpartum programs and awareness campaigns. It was established under the 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed in the final months of the Obama administration.
"Getting federal money is a great thing," Maienschein said. "It's federal money that's available that I'd like to see California have, versus another state."
The legislation has given Jessica Porten a new purpose. People have told her she should sue Capital OB/GYN for calling the police. But she rejected that idea.
"I walk into that waiting room and I see tons of Medi-Cal recipients -- so they're all low-income," she said. "If I sue, it's only going to cause monetary damages to a facility that is clearly short on resources."
Instead, Porten said she'll advocate to get the new bills passed in California. She thinks that's the way to help the clinic's physicians and nurses do a better job of helping new moms get the care they need.
"I'm not going to take that away," she said. "I'm going to build it up."
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