Bipartisan House panel leaders ask agencies for maternal mortality data

Bipartisan House panel leaders ask agencies for maternal mortality data
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Bipartisan leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday sent letters to six federal agencies requesting summaries of their efforts to address maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the U.S.

Pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have increased by more than 100 percent since 1987, from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births to 18 deaths per 100,000 in 2014, according to the letters.

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Leaders on the House panel sent the requests to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Indian Health Service and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

The letters emphasized disproportionate maternal mortality rates among black mothers.

“While maternal mortality rates have been increasing in the United States in recent years, since 1950, black mothers have continued to die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, representing one of the widest racial disparities in women’s health,” the letters state. Earlier this month, Reps. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodBooker, Ayanna Pressley introduce bill taking aim at black maternal death rates Republican challenging freshman Dem rep says he raised 0,000 in 6 days Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B MORE (D-Ill.) and Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsLawmakers call for investigation after census hired registered sex offender Let's vow that no mom should die giving life Booker, Ayanna Pressley introduce bill taking aim at black maternal death rates MORE (D-N.C.) announced the formation of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.

“This is an important first step, and we are interested in exploring additional efforts that may be underway to further improve reporting, data collection, and activities related to reducing maternal morbidity and mortality,” the committee leaders added in the letters.

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