SWHR Calls for Congressional Approval of Maternal Health Bills

Policy Engagement

Published 12/8/20

In a push to see maternal health bills included in a year-end legislative package, the Society for Women’s Health Research signed onto a letter led by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and supported by 115 national co-signers. The letter urged swift passage of the bipartisan Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (H.R. 4995) and the bipartisan Helping MOMS Act of 2020 (H.R. 4996) as soon as possible.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4995 and H.R. 4996 in September 2020. These two bills represent years of Congressional and stakeholder work to address our nation’s maternal health crisis. Together, H.R. 4995 and H.R. 4996 would increase access to maternity care in rural and underserved areas, help maternity care providers and hospitals implement clinically proven best practices, support state efforts to extend Medicaid coverage for women to one year postpartum, and make progress in the work needed to eliminate racial and ethnic inequities in maternal health outcomes.

Read The Letter