NY warns insurers over maternal depression

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is warning health insurers not to discriminate against women dealing with maternal depression.

The state's Department of Financial Services issued guidelines to insurance companies Monday specifically prohibiting them from denying coverage, cancelling plans or changing rates because a woman had been diagnosed with depression.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will have "zero tolerance" for insurers that violate the rules, which he says are meant to ensure all pregnant and postpartum women get the help they need.

Earlier this year the state required insurance companies to cover screenings for depression in woman during and following pregnancy.