Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Address Maternal and Infant Mortality Crisis

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Lawmakers are introducing a bill that would address the maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rate in the US.

Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) and Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Families Act on June 6. The bill would invest in community partnerships with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The partnerships would help improve access to proper nutrition and health care services for women who are pregnant and after giving birth.

“We are facing a maternal health crisis in this country, and it disproportionately affects Black women. It is imperative that we ensure all women have equal access to quality pre- and post-natal nutrition and care,” said Adams in a press release. “The CARE for Families Act will strengthen community health partnerships and build upon WIC’s success…

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