Today, @EnergyCommerce is considering the #BuildBackBetter Act, legislation that makes historic investments in #maternalhealth including some of @ACOG’s top priorities and #CLC asks. @ACOG enthusiastically supports the following policies within the bill. 1/
The legislation includes @RepRobinKelly #MOMMAsAct mandate that states extend postpartum #Medicaid coverage to 1 year after the end of pregnancy, as recommended by @ACOG & other maternal health experts. The data are clear that this policy will improve outcomes & save lives. 2 /
This means that every indiv. who relies on Medicaid for pregnancy-related care will have coverage in the critical postpartum period to see their primary care clinicians & be referred to specialists, incl. for cardiac & mental health, as needed to address their health concerns. 3/
This policy will help to eliminate preventable maternal deaths & address health inequities. As it advances, @ACOG urges Congress to provide robust federal support for states & ensure current eligibility requirements are maintained.… 4/
The #BuildBackBetter Act also incl. @BMHCaucus #Momnibus money for programs that center Black voices, address health inequities, improve the provision of culturally appropriate care, increase research, & promote social & community-based programs that help our patients thrive. 5/
Additionally, the legislation provides resources to implement the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, enacted in 2018 and for which @ACOG led organizational support, to create a pathway for obstetric clinicians to practice in #rural communities with the greatest need. 6/
We are grateful to @FrankPallone @RepRobinKelly @RepUnderwood and others who have championed and fought to advance these policies through Congress. This work will save lives. @ACOG continues to urge Congress to swiftly enact these policies. #MomsCantWait 7/7

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