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      house Committees
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedMay 10th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Ending Maternal Mortality Act of 2018 — would require the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish a national plan to reduce the rate of preventable maternal mortality (maternal deaths during or within 12 months of pregnancy) by half over 10 years and eliminate it entirely over 20 years. Updated versions of the plan would be issued every two years. Each plan would have to address specific issues related to maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (unexpected outcomes of labor & delivery that lead to significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health) such as at-risk populations and disparities, quality of care, and public awareness.

Impact

Pregnant women; healthcare providers; and HHS.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced this bill to develop a national plan to cut rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in half over the next decade and eliminate them entirely in 20 years:

“This legislation would require our leading public health officials to build and execute a plan to reduce preventable maternal deaths by half in the next 10 years and eliminate them entirely within the next 20. We cannot sit idly by as hundreds of American mothers die each year in the nation with the most advanced medical care on earth. It is not only possible to save their lives; it is our moral imperative.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) added:

“Congress needs to take action to help make giving birth a safer experience for moms across this country… I’ve heard far too many stories of women dying or experiencing traumatic health challenges in childbirth, and so many of the issues they’re confronting are preventable. Unfortunately, such stories have the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. heading in wrong direction.”

This legislation has the support of 31 cosponsors, including 30 Democrats and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler (R-WA).


Of Note: Figures from our partners at USAFacts, a non-partisan civic data initiative, show that while deaths from childbirth and related complications have been reduced by nearly half since 1980, the rate of decrease has flattened out in recent years. In 1980, 23,200 American women died and by 2000 that number had fallen to 14,473 deaths. Since then, the number of childbirth-related deaths trended upward for several years to 15,368 in 2007, before declining again to 12,724 deaths in 2016 — the most recent year data is available.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock / O_Lypa)

AKA

Ending Maternal Mortality Act of 2018

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to the Congress on a biennial basis a national plan to reduce the rate of maternal mortality.

    Bring back and fully fund Planned Parenthood.
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    With this administration steering the ship and a VP who would like nothing more than to see Planned Parenthood closing it’s doors forever, having a law saying HHS is looking into how to diminish maternal deaths is nothing more than words. As #45 has proven, his interests lie with only the rich Americans. “I can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters”, especially if that person were a person of color or of a lower income bracket! This bill is a waste of time for our lawmakers and its citizens.
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    If anyone bothered to read the USA Today’s recent report, posted here on Countable, you’d know it wouldn’t require new technology or additional personnel. It will only require utilization of a couple of key best practices, most notably, 1) measuring blood loss, and 2) treating blood pressure irregularities within an hour. Much like treating stroke symptoms within 3 hrs has become a model practice and produced measurable life-saving outcomes, this too will produce better maternal outcomes. Although I strongly believe in deregulation, it is about getting rid of stupid rules that hinder development. Deregulation has never been about reducing rules to zero. It’s about being smart in enacting new rules. The successful outcomes from other countries, and in Utah and California maternal deaths were drastically reduced using these practices. I say vote, “yeah” on this bi-partisan legislation.
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    We should not have third world healthcare for pregnant women or anyone else. Fully fund planned parenthood again and start fixing what’s wrong with our healthcare. Women and newborns should not be dying
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    It is absolutely inexcusable that the USA should be ranked 47th in the world in the number of maternity related deaths. Unconscionable! Do what you need to do to change this reality now.
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    LEARN TO READ PEOPLE! THIS ISN’T ABOUT ABORTION! Jeez. Idiotic derailment. Stay on topic. I agree with the need to reduce maternal mortality from labor complications, but without investment, what is the point? Unfunded mandates only strain the budget of agencies already burdened. NONE of our health agencies have extra or even full funding. It has to be paid for.
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    It boggles my mind how the pro-life party cannot examine their souls and realize their deepest hypocrises. This country is not great if we have the highest rate of childbirth mortality of any other developed nation.
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    And while we’re at it, can we please get some paid maternity leave? I’m so sick of women being treated like second-class citizens. Everyone wants to force women into motherhood, but no one wants to take care of them, or their babies, once they’re here.
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    Again the federal government trying to get involved in every aspect of an individual's life. Yes, more should be done to prevent pregnancy death, but the federal government doesn't need to have HHS involved or any other agency. State governments should promote pregnancy health classes if any government is going to get involved. It's the individual's right to choose when to get pregnant, how to maintain their health, and to follow doctor orders or advice. We do not live in the book 1984 and the government doesn't control everything. We shouldn't allow the government especially federal keep taking power over our individual rights and freedoms.
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    This will never happen with my this administration because he want the poor to have nothing at all and even the middle class exactly the same and the rich and wealthy will have the needs and technology to have babies and mothers survive the birthing
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    Why is this even a question? It is disgraceful that this rich country has the highest mortality rate of 15 developed nations. Maybe because it is about women’s health.
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    Medicare for all now! Until that glorious day start funding planned parenthood fully again. Proper prenatal care is a necessity. Delivery decisions based upon medical need rather than what an insurance company will pay for will not happen until we make private health insurance illegal. Insurance companies are gambling addicts who cheat with impunity risking lives for profit.
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    Regardless of whether this is funded or not, if it gets passed, Congress will then have to find a way to fund it. When the Medicare-For-All gets passed, this legislation can be made part of that program. Also, all deaths produce a lot of costs. By eliminating deaths, there should be a lot of money available to fund this program.
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    Our country needs to shift its focus from protecting unborn fetuses in unwanted or risky pregnancies and commit to reducing pregnancy related deaths. There is no reason that our country should have this level of pregnancy related mortalities.
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    If HHS is going to be funded, let’s put them to work. Let’s make it their job to find out what it is that we’re doing right and wrong when it comes to pregnancies and prenatal care/ postpartum care.
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    Alright Texas legislators and senators, I have a question... Why is it more likely that I will die giving birth in Texas than anywhere else in the developed world? This is embarrassing! Let’s change this and properly care for pregnant and postpartum mothers!
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    By CUTTING the funding to PlanParenthood WHICH will reduce Abortions WHICH will, reduce maternity deaths.....
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    You should only be in favor of this if you have a mother and support women.
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    Since California has already taken steps resulting in cutting the maternal death rate in half, find out what California has been doing. Then make it mandatory for all states to replicate its procedures in order to receive Medicaid funding. States rights be damned when it involves people’s lives. Then adopt Medicare for all so that our nation’s healthcare becomes affordable and of the highest quality.
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    Gosh, it is embarrassing that this is even a question. It is like, should we feed the kids? Kidding aside, it is high time we step up and take better care of our health care system. If we treated a horse the way we treat our health care system it would be lying in the dust, dead. The whole thing is wrought with corruption!
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