The National Health Law Program joined dozens of organizations calling on Congress to include strong maternal health provisions in the Build Back Better Act. Click on the download button to read quotes from additional partner organizations.
“The National Health Law Program calls on Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act’s urgent investments in maternal health equity. For too long, our country’s soaring maternal health epidemic has disproportionately taken the lives of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color with low incomes. By mandating a full year of comprehensive post-pregnancy Medicaid coverage in every state, Build Back Better will help stem racial inequities in maternal health outcomes and save lives. The same is true of vital provisions incorporated from the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, which take aim at racism in health care delivery, inadequate access to vital doula and other pregnancy-related care, and other social and structural determinants of maternal health. The U.S. has what is by far the worst maternal mortality rate among peer high-income countries. That’s a political choice. We urge Congress to help end this crisis by swiftly passing these essential maternal health equity reforms.” – Elizabeth G. Taylor, Executive Director, National Health Law Program