Moms Leader Celebrates U.S. House Passage of First Black Maternal Health Momnibus Bill, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act
“When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Moms Who Served Act in a unanimous bipartisan vote yesterday, members took a very welcome step to improve maternal health, reduce maternal mortality, and improve the health of veterans in our country. This bill, the first part of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act the U.S. House has passed, will codify and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs maternity care programs and support a badly needed comprehensive study to examine the unique maternal health risks facing pregnant and postpartum veterans.
“At this time when the United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths during labor and delivery of any nation in the developed world – and Black women’s maternal mortality rate is four times that of white women – maternal health truly is a public health emergency and veterans are at particular risk. We must end the health disparities that veterans experience and ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the highest quality maternal health care to the moms who have served and sacrificed.
“Enacting the Protecting Moms Who Served Act will help us provide veterans with the world-class maternal health care they deserve. Its passage by the U.S. House is an essential step in addressing America’s maternal health crisis, but only one step. America’s moms now look to the U.S. Senate to also pass this legislation, cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), so President Biden can sign it into law.”