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Research is the key to progress. Over 1/3 of states aren’t studying maternal deaths. Undertaking these studies could make a huge difference to families in America - including those involved in the 50,000 potentially preventable near-maternal deaths each year. #MaternalJustice
Have also been heartened to hear of #MaternalJustice collaborations going on across country. In my home state of MA leading doctors, hospitals, patients, advocates and public officials come together to dive into the issue and force progress.
Finally - from providers to policymakers - listen to mothers. Childbirth is a feat impossible to imagine for those of us who do not personally experience it. Even for those of us who have held a loved ones hand thru it. Listen to mothers. #MaternalJustice.
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The statistics are staggering and speak for themselves. Today, 45% of births are covered under Medicaid. From 2014-2016, infant mortality rates declined in Medicaid expansion states + increased in states that refused to expand Medicaid coverage. #MaternalJustice
Addressing the gaps starts with protecting gains made. 9.5 million previously uninsured women gained health care coverage under the ACA, growing the coverage rate for women of color to 2x the rate of women overall in 2013-2015. #MaternalJustice
But access isn’t enough if care is unaffordable. Rising deductibles mean even w/insurance new parents can be handed a several thousand dollar bill on their way home from the hospital. Maternity care is costly care, which makes price critical to #MaternalJustice
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My colleague @HerreraBeutler intro’d legislation that would support states in researching maternal deaths & identifying solutions for #MaternalJustice. Has 180+ bipartisan cosponsors in the House which is fantastic news. Needs more GOP support to cross finish line.
.@SenBooker @SenGillibrand and @SenKamalaHarris have been leading legislative efforts in the senate as well. Commend the attention they've brought to #MaternalJustice.
Finally, no way to advance #MaternalJustice w/o protecting gains made in health care by ACA -- whether guaranteeing maternity care or expanding Medicaid. Allowing this progress to be rolled back would have dire consequences.
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There is no excuse for the lack of organized data surrounding #MaternalMortality and its racial disparities. Black women are still 3-4x more likely to die from pregnancy complications, even when you control for socioeconomic differences. #MaternalJustice
Hard truth is that this issue is bigger than a health chart. It's about how + why the voices of black patients are discounted or denied. Not a phenomenon limited to health care by any means - a societal stain this country desperately must address. #MaternalJustice
While I appreciate state-level efforts to make #MaternalJustice a priority - CA has made great strides with inequity in maternal care, and my home state of MA is studying autopsy reports & medical charts of those who suffered maternal deaths - we must do better.
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Lack of access to affordable prenatal, maternal, & postpartum health care. Lack of access to maternity coverage prior to ACA’s enactment, lack of research, lack of attention paid to disparities in health care — these inequities are compounded in a myriad of ways. #MaternalJustice
Advocacy groups like @MomsRising @MamasConPoder @DC_AMCHP @ACOGAction @BlkMamasMatter @MarchofDimes @NPWF and @everymomcounts have done important work to shine light on this issue and offer real policy solutions. Congress needs to catch up. #MaternalJustice
No excuse for the richest nation on earth to have the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. None. #MaternalJustice
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Black women are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes than white women. We can’t address solutions to #MaternalMortality without discussing solutions to the systemic racism buried deep within our nation’s health care system. #MaternalJustice
In 2014, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the US to eliminate racial disparities in the repro health field & collect data for #MaternalMortality - yet no systems exist. We need #MaternalJustice before more mothers fall btwn the cracks.
It's an injustice of unacceptable proportion that the richest, most powerful, most innovative nation on earth would allow skin color to impact something as profoundly universal as pregnancy and childbirth. We can - and must - do better. #MaternalJustice
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