New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley have teamed up to introduce a bill that aims to lower the maternal mortality rate in the US.
The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act, or the Healthy MOMMIES Act, would extend coverage for pregnant women who are covered by Medicaid. The proposed bill would expand coverage for new mothers from two months to a full year after giving birth, according to a statement.
Booker noted that the US spends the most money on healthcare but still has the highest rate of maternal death in the developed world. The Democratic presidential hopeful noted that Black women in the US are nearly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. New Jersey has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, NPR noted in 2017.
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