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Maternal Health Bill with ADAMS Provisions Clears Major Hurdle

November 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., (NC-12) released the following statement following the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, H.R. 4995, passing the Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support:

“America is facing a maternal health crisis, and women of color are the most impacted victims. Today, I am pleased with the work of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee as it passed the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, a bill I co-led, with bipartisan support,” said Congresswoman Adams

“For Black women, the risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes is significantly higher than that of white women – that is why I and my colleague, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), first introduced the Maternal CARE Act, H.R. 2902. The Maternal CARE Act would address the implicit bias rampant in maternal health care by allocating funds to support professional training programs and pregnancy medical home visitation programs. Key provisions from my legislation were included in the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act and I hope we will continue working towards a society in which all women have the same access to quality, competent healthcare.