Infant and Maternal Health

Maternal health is a priority for the Coalition, as the U.S. has a higher rate of maternal mortality than any other developed country. This crisis disproportionately affects people of color, as Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women in the U.S, with the CDC estimating that 60 percent of these deaths are preventable. TRCC is committed to addressing structural racism and the wide range of social determinants that contribute to these devastating disparities. We believe in the right to a healthy pregnancy for every American.  

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The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act

H.R. 959 - Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) 

  • Introduced on 2/10/21

  • 183 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

S. 346 - Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) 

  • Introduced on 2/22/21

  • 29 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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Description

  • This act is made up of 12 individual bills, each introduced by a member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, all of which address a wide range of racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, especially among Black women.

  • This version of the Momnibus has expanded since its original introduction in 2020, and now includes legislation about the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on maternal health.

  • Click here to see an in-depth analysis of each of the bills that make up the Momnibus.

Status

  • The bills are still under consideration in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, along with the Committees on Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Veterans' Affairs and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. 

  • The version of the Build Back Better Act passed by the House in November 2021 contains every eligible provision of the Momnibus along with permanent yearlong postpartum Medicaid coverage. If this version was passed by the Senate, it would be the largest investment in American history to end racial and ethnic maternal health disparities and advance birth equity across the United States

  • The Protecting Moms Who Served Act, was the first standalone bill included in the Momnibus to be signed into law on November 30, 2021. The Maternal Vaccination Act, another standalone bill in the Momnibus, was also passed by the House in December 2021 

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