Bloomberg unveils plan to fight black maternal deaths

Bloomberg unveils plan to fight black maternal deaths
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE on Monday unveiled his plan to fight maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in pregnancy-related deaths. 

Bloomberg, like other Democratic presidential candidates, pointed to data showing black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as white women are. 

The announcement comes as Bloomberg campaigns in Alabama, where his campaign noted the problem is particularly acute, in part because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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“In the greatest and wealthiest country in the world, we cannot accept the disgraceful racial inequality in maternal health care that exists in Alabama and across the country,” Bloomberg said in a statement. 

His plan includes increasing anti-racial bias training for doctors, improving data collection on maternal mortality and providing a free public option insurance plan for low-income women in states that have not expanded Medicaid. 

Racial disparities in maternal mortality, an issue not always at the center of presidential campaigns, has been getting more attention from Democratic candidates this year.  

Other Democratic candidates have released plans as well. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.), for example, proposed financial incentives for hospitals to improve their performance on maternal mortality measures. 

Bloomberg, a billionaire who entered the race late, has been blanketing the airwaves with ads and pitching a more centrist message than progressives like Warren.