Legislation Endorsed by AABC

BABIES Act (H.R 3337/S. 1716)

Will build off the Strong Start initiative by creating a demonstration payment program under Medicaid. The legislation provides guidance to develop a prospective payment system (PPS) that would reimburse Birth Centers for prenatal care, perinatal, and postpartum mother and infant care.

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Midwives for MOMS Act(H.R. 3768/S. 1851)

Will increase access to evidence-based and culturally congruent maternity care as provided by Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), Certified Midwives (CMs), and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) by establishing two new funding streams for midwifery education: one in the Title VII Health Professions Training Programs, and one in the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs. Additionally, the bill will address the significant lack of diversity in the maternity care workforce by prioritizing students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R.3305/S.1606)

Has been reintroduced in this session of Congress. Builds on existing legislation to comprehensively address every dimension of the maternal health crisis in America. It includes the following:

  1. Social Determinants for Moms - Will make critical investments in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes, like housing, transportation, and nutrition.
  2. Extending WIC for New Moms - Will extend WIC eligibility for new moms from 6 to 24 months.
  3. Honoring Kira Johnson - Will provide funding to community-based organizations that are working to improve maternal health outcomes and promote equity.
  4. Maternal Health for Veterans - Will provide support for maternity health care and coordinator programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  5. Perinatal Workforce - Will grow and diversify the perinatal workforce to ensure that every mom in America receives culturally congruent maternity care and support.
  6. Data to Save Moms - Will improve data collection processes and quality measures to better understand the causes of the maternal health crisis in the United States and inform solutions to address it.
  7. Moms Matter - Will support moms with maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
  8. Justice for Incarcerated Moms - Will improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated moms.
  9. Tech to Save Moms - Will invest in digital tools like telehealth to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved areas.
  10. IMPACT to Save Moms - Will promote innovative payment models to incentivize high-quality maternity care and non-clinical perinatal support.
  11. Maternal Health Pandemic Response - Will invest in federal programs to address the unique risks for and effects of COVID-19 during and after pregnancy and to advance respectful maternity care in future public health emergencies.
  12. Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change - Will invest in community-based initiatives to reduce levels of and exposure to climate change-related risks for moms and babies.
  13. Maternal Vaccination Awareness and Equity Campaign - Will promote maternal vaccinations to protect the health and safety of moms and babies

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