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house Bill H.R. 1318

Should the Feds Give States Money to Study Maternal Mortality?

Argument in favor

Maternal mortality in the U.S. is much worse than that of many other developed nations — and it’s getting worse. This is a public health crisis that must be addressed through rigorous study and federal funding to help develop a better understanding of its causes.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/11/2018
We are a first world country with a third world maternal mortality rate. How about a UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR ALL, CRADLE TO GRAVE!
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Lexpost's Opinion
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12/11/2018
It is an utter sin that here, in the richest, most advanced country with (allegedly) the highest quality healthcare in the world, that we have maternal mortality rates that rival the third world. Where are all the family values, pro birth supporters on this issue? Working for ill-considered trickle down tax cuts? A country is only as healthy as its citizenship.
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Marc's Opinion
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12/11/2018
And they need to fund planned parenthood because they are at the center of prevention.
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Argument opposed

State committees aren’t the solution to investigating maternal mortality. In many cases, MMRC committees focus on the wrong issues, leading to incorrect and useless conclusions about maternal health.

Christina's Opinion
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12/11/2018
This won't fix the problem anyway. The bigger picture here is this: Healthcare here in America is among the most expensive, yet one of the worst in quality in the developed world. It's not just poor maternal healthcare, it's all of our so-called "healthcare".
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Bernie's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Sounds like an excellent job for Planned Parenthood. THEY get federal funds for “healthcare.”
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Aaron's Opinion
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12/11/2018
You don’t need a study! I’ll give you a study! POVERTY! Wanna end crime, address poverty! Wanna end abortion, address poverty! Wanna improve healthcare, address poverty! Education? Yep...poverty! Raise wages! The little people down here don’t care about how well the rich are doing! We see no trickle down, down here!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2017

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Title

Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017

Official Title

To support States in their work to save and sustain the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period, to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes for pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, to identify solutions to improve health care quality and health outcomes for mothers, and for other purposes.

Summary

Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a program under which HHS may make grants to states for the purpose of: (1) reviewing pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths (maternal deaths); (2) establishing and sustaining a maternal mortality review committee to review relevant information; (3) ensuring that the state department of health develops a plan for ongoing health care provider education in order to improve the quality of maternal care, disseminate findings, and implement recommendations; (4) disseminating a case abstraction form to aid information collection for HHS review and preserve its uniformity; and (5) providing for the public disclosure of information included in state reports. The bill defines "pregnancy-associated death" as the death of a woman while pregnant or during the one-year period following the date of the end of pregnancy, irrespective of the cause of death. It defines "pregnancy-related death" as the death of a woman while pregnant or during the one-year period following the date of the end of pregnancy, irrespective of the pregnancy's duration, from any cause related to, or aggravated by, the pregnancy or its management, excluding any accidental or incidental cause. States shall develop procedures for mandatory reporting to their departments of health by health facilities and professionals concerning maternal deaths and for voluntary reporting of such deaths by family members. States shall investigate each case and prepare a case summary for each case, to be reviewed by the committee and included in applicable reports. The bill amends the Public Health Service Act to direct HHS to take specified steps to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes.
    We are a first world country with a third world maternal mortality rate. How about a UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR ALL, CRADLE TO GRAVE!
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    This won't fix the problem anyway. The bigger picture here is this: Healthcare here in America is among the most expensive, yet one of the worst in quality in the developed world. It's not just poor maternal healthcare, it's all of our so-called "healthcare".
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    It is an utter sin that here, in the richest, most advanced country with (allegedly) the highest quality healthcare in the world, that we have maternal mortality rates that rival the third world. Where are all the family values, pro birth supporters on this issue? Working for ill-considered trickle down tax cuts? A country is only as healthy as its citizenship.
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    And they need to fund planned parenthood because they are at the center of prevention.
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    Sounds like an excellent job for Planned Parenthood. THEY get federal funds for “healthcare.”
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    Spend the taxpayer's money on ”the Wall.”
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    We are in debt. We must not borrow money.
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    There is no reason that this country should have one of the highest stillborn and maternal deaths in the world.
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    You don’t need a study! I’ll give you a study! POVERTY! Wanna end crime, address poverty! Wanna end abortion, address poverty! Wanna improve healthcare, address poverty! Education? Yep...poverty! Raise wages! The little people down here don’t care about how well the rich are doing! We see no trickle down, down here!
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    In Texas we have next to the top maternal and infant mortality rate in the world. It’s ridiculous that in this day and age we have a problem of this magnitude in our state! Time for your individual offices to step up and change that.
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    Mother's shouldn't have to worry about dying on what should be one of the happiest days of their life.
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    At the least this nation owes Mother’s appropriate health care and intervention.
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    The lives of mothers are just as important as the lives of infants. As maternal mortality rates fall in all other developed countries, maternal mortality rates are on the rise in the US. On average, 60% of those pregnancy related deaths are preventable. We can and should require a higher standard of health care for mothers. Please read the article inked below for more details about why we as a nation MUST support this bill. https://www.propublica.org/article/die-in-childbirth-maternal-death-rate-health-care-system?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1494566022
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    I have been doing a lot of reading lately on maternal deaths in childbirth and the stats are astounding to me. The fact that we are an extremely developed country with some of the best doctors and nurses in the world, the number of childbirth deaths is criminal. We need more review panels to hold those accountable who ignore textbook signs of childbirth complications and we need to start providing more training to doctors about the signs and symptoms of childbirth problems and how to help save those mothers
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    The fact that each state contributes to the coffers of the federal government and this bill would serve for the betterment of society I say yes. Once again the idiots gave away a lot of tax money to the wealthy. So yes they should support the states.
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    Rising maternal mortality is supposed to be a problem in the third world not the world superpower.
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    How about the federal government should just give us our stolen money back without dictating what we must do to earn it? How about that's my money in the first place and let's see YOU dance for ME?
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    Please support this bill.
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    Maternal death rates should not be going up. This is a disgrace. We must do better.
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    MATERNAL MORTALITY DESERVES RESEARCH 2B DONE Maternal mortality is a public health crisis that should be addressed through a rigorous study 📖 effort, and federal funding, to help develop a better understanding of its causes. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*11*18.....
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