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Congress, We Need Permanent Maternal Health Aid

Our country’s maternal health crisis is an active policy choice – one that enables entirely preventable deaths of our nation’s mamas, birthing people, and infants. Lawmakers need to include measures tackling maternal health disparities in the upcoming reconciliation package. Earlier this week, HealthConnect One joined 200+ groups and organizations pressing congress to make maternal health aid permanent in a letter to congressional leaders.

The letter provides specific recommendations that will ensure coverage for biting people, build out maternal health services that center racial equity, and result in investment in community-based efforts. The recommendations are as follows:

  • Congress should close the Medicaid coverage gap, guaranteeing people in all states have access to affordable coverage and to the full range of health care benefits, including necessary and preventive health care services. Closing the coverage gap is critical not only for better maternal health but also to achieve broader health equity.
  • Congress should advance the policies included in the Momnibus, making needed investments in maternal care. The provisions address deep inequities for pregnant people of color; specifically their access to mental health services, a culturally competent perinatal workforce, and prevention services.
  • Congress should prioritize investments that direct much-needed resources to community-based partners that are working on the front lines to address the racial inequities of maternal health through culturally congruent, place-based caregiving.

Community-led efforts in collaboration with adequate funding and appropriate legislation will reverse the rates of maternal and infant mortality for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. Alongside other organizations, we urge Congress to include these critical provisions in the next legislative package, a move that will advance reproductive justice and improve health equity for birthing families across America..

HealthConnect One’s Statement on Historic Stimulus Bill

 

March 26, 2020

 HealthConnect One’s Statement on Historic COVID-19 relief package

 We commend the Senate for passing a historic COVID-19 relief package – $2 trillion aimed at helping Americans, hospitals and businesses deal with COVID-19.

HealthConnect One welcomes this investment in our nation, in particular the provisions that have vulnerable communities in mind. However, we encourage all leaders who will oversee stimulus funding spending to keep in mind the birthing families who are facing great hardship in these uncertain times.

 As COVID-19 strains our healthcare infrastructure, pregnant women are facing severe isolation at a time where familial and community support is critical in birth outcomes. Our nation’s communities of color, particularly Black mothers, need extra support at this time when they already are experiencing some of the most adverse birth outcomes in the world.

We call on administrators and legislators to remember birthing families in their COVID-19 planning. We ask that they protect doula care – mothers need to know they will be able to rely on the doulas they’ve asked to help at their births, for example by including accommodations such as videoconferencing into a hospital for doula care.

 We stand with birthing families, with doulas, community health workers and peer counselors who counsel and advocate for mothers, babies and families: Our safety and security and the welfare of our nation demand resources for our communities.