Vice President Harris Nationwide calls to improve maternal health
On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted the White House first ever maternal health
day, which was seen as a nationwide call to action for the public and private sector to help
improve the health outcomes for Americans in the US. Vice President Harris also introduced a
new Department of Health and Human services report that has the impact of medical and
medicaid coverage for pregnancy.
The center for medicare and medicaid are looking to establish a new birthing friendly for hospital designation, guideline and coverage in states for postpartum services for a year. There will be 20 companies and non-profit organizations pledging to invest 150 million dollars for the maternal health crisis. During the summit Vice President Harris stated "In the United States of America, in the 21st century, being pregnant and giving birth should not carry such great risk,"Women in our nation are dying—before, during and after childbirth."
US Olympic track star Allyson Felix sat down at the summit as one of the panelists stressing the importance of maternal health, saying in a Tuesday sit-down with Vice President Harris that it's an issue that "doesn't discriminate." "We cannot be a society that is losing mothers," Vice President Harris said in her chat with Olympic sprinter Felix as part of the White House's first inaugural Maternal Health Day of Action. "And it's so preventable."
The Build Back Better Act also includes all eligible provisions of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to address our country’s maternal health crisis. Black women die three times higher than white women giving childbirth in the US. 60% of the maternal deaths are preventable but no effort has been taken to stop this until now.