America’s black Maternal Health problem, Black moms die at a rate of 3-4 times the rate of white counterparts due to pregnancy-related causes. Representative Lauren Underwood, Representative Alma Adams and Senator Cory Booker, members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus are introducing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021. What items in the bill will address the disproportionate negative impact on Black Mothers?
- Improve maternal health data collection;
- Support programs to improve mental health for postpartum mothers;
- Examine policies on continuing health insurance coverage, including Medicaid, up to one year postpartum.
The most interesting measure to me that is in talks to be put in the bill is a grant to hospitals and health care systems that would establish a “respectful maternity care compliance office” would look to ensure that families are receiving maternal and infant care without bias or disrespect and also provide for reporting on these programs.
What things would you be interested in seeing in this bill?