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Maternal Mortality Review Committees

posted on Wed, Aug 1 2018 4:41 pm by Daniel Young and Amy Chen

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation. To combat this alarming problem, Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are gaining traction across the country as a way to closely examine, address, and make recommendations to prevent pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths. Thirty-five states have established MMRCs, typically under the authority of a state’s department of health, and legislation introduced in the House and Senate in 2017 would provide funding to develop MMRCs that would examine maternal death cases and identify ways to prevent future deaths. In June, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously passed one of those bills, the Maternal Health Accountability Act, which if enacted by Congress, will fund MMRCs from a portion of $12 million of proposed new CDC funding. Additionally, the Senate Appropriations committee has requested $38 million for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to expand access to life-saving programs at hospitals.

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