The AHA today voiced support for several provisions in the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021.
Unveiled this week by members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, the 12-bill package builds on existing maternal health legislation and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus of 2020.
“The American Hospital Association applauds the leadership of Representative Lauren Underwood and the Black Maternal Health Caucus in introducing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021,” the association said. “We are pleased to support several critical provisions of the legislation, including those that address the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women, as well as behavioral health needs, cultural competency, gaps in the perinatal work force and the social determinants of health that contribute to inequities. Reducing maternal deaths and improving maternal health for all women are critical, especially for women of color, who experience mortality and morbidity at disproportionate rates, and pregnant women, who are also at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Underwood and her colleagues to make long overdue progress in these areas.”