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Rubio, Warnock Introduce Bill to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

Dec 10, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced the Improving Coordination for Healthy Moms Act to strengthen the federal government’s efforts to improve maternal health outcomes across the nation. The new legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combine and coordinate efforts between two existing federal entities, the Department’s “Healthy People Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup” and it’s “Maternal Health Working Group,” to obtain more efficient data and optimize resources across the working groups to more efficiently address the nation’s maternal mortality and morbidity health crisis.
“It’s time for the United States to address the alarming rates of maternal mortality and morbidity impacting the diverse communities across our nation,” Rubio said. “This is a common sense bill that will streamline federal efforts to improve maternal and infant health, and I will work to make sure it becomes law.”
“We must all work together if we’re going to solve the nation’s maternal health crisis, and Democrats and Republicans agree that helping ensure mothers and babies are healthy and whole keeps our families strong and helps our communities thrive,” Warnock said. “I’m proud to introduce this bill with Senator Rubio that will help the federal government streamline efforts to improve maternal health outcomes across our country. No woman should fear losing her life from pregnancy or childbirth.
In April 2021, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on maternal mortality in rural and underserved areas. They found the two federal entities, “Healthy People Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup” and the “Maternal Health Working Group”, have similar goals and recommended a formal coordination to eliminate duplication and get more efficient data to address the maternal health crisis. The new legislation improves governmental efficiency in addressing the rising maternal mortality and morbidity across the country.