The AHA today voiced support for provisions in the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act (H.R. 1897/S. 916) that would improve state maternal mortality data, provide funding to promote safety practices and cultural competency, and extend health coverage and services for low-income postpartum women. “Maternal health is a top priority for the AHA and our member hospitals and health systems,” the association said in letters to Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., lead sponsors of the bill. “The causes for the escalating rates of maternal mortality are complex, including a lack of consistent access to comprehensive care and persistent racial disparities in health and health care. As hospitals work to improve health outcomes across the continuum of care, we are redoubling our efforts to combat maternal mortality and morbidity.” For more on how hospitals are working to advance better health for mothers and babies, visit https://www.aha.org/better-health-for-mothers-and-babies.

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