Federal Legislation

In 2018, March for Moms will support the following legislation by mobilizing grassroots efforts, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and hosting a Congressional Briefing.

Issues

Rising Maternal Mortality and Poor Health Outcomes; Perinatal Depression; Health Care Inequalities and Disparities; Premature Birth; Maternal and Family Leave Policies; Lack of Access to Healthcare.

Active Legislation

Bill

Purpose

Status

Description

Amend Public Health Service Act to require the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to identify health professional shortage areas for purposes of assigning maternity care health professionals to those areas.

Introduced
⇒ Passed House ⇐
Passed Senate
To President
Became Law

Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care; Resolves disparities in care; Reduces rate of premature birth

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 by supporting the formation of maternal mortality review committees.

⇒ Introduced ⇐
Passed House
Passed Senate
To President
Became Law

Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care; Resolves disparities in care

Provides funds for states to establish formal Maternal Mortality Review Committees, to identify and review all pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, to submit annual reports to the CDC on the Committee’s findings and recommendations for solutions.

⇒ Introduced ⇐
Passed House
Passed Senate
To President
Became Law

Referred to Energy and Commerce in House.

Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care; Resolves disparities in care

Establish an equal opportunity “Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave” within the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide paid leave for 12 weeks for any family member for any family-related medical leave including maternity care.

⇒ Introduced ⇐
Passed House
Passed Senate
To President
Became Law

Referred to Finance Committee in Senate.

Referred to Ways and Means in House.

*Has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate and 133 in the House who are all Democrat; needs Republican co-sponsors*

Creates maternity and family leave policies; Resolves disparities in care; Relieves incidence of perinatal depression.

Passed Legislation

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. Included in this Act was language that addressed maternal mental health by way of federal grants to develop and/or maintain state and community maternal mental health programs for education, screening and treatment of postpartum depression. The grants will be given over a five-year period, with a collective annual expenditure of 5 million dollars, to no less than three states, annually.

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