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Quigley Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reversing Rising Maternal Mortality Rates

Dec 12, 2018
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Illinois’ only Member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement applauding passage of H.R.1318, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act:

“I join families across the country in applauding passage of the lifesaving Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, ensuring that sates have access to the resources needed to investigate every maternal death,” said Rep. Quigley. “In order to understand the problem and develop preventive solutions, we must continue to expand our research into America’s unacceptably high maternal mortality rate. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this critically important piece of legislation so it can be signed into law without delay.”

Introduced by Reps. Herrera Beutler and DeGette, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act would establish and support state-based Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRC) to review every pregnancy-related or pregnancy-associated death, and based on those findings, develop recommendations for how to prevent future mothers’ deaths.

During the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations markup this July, Rep. Quigley and Rep. Herrera Beutler (WA-03) successfully secured $2 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) efforts in preventing maternal deaths through MMRCs. Approximately thirty-five states, including Illinois, currently have an established MMRC. This new funding is intended to continue scaling CDC’s partnership with states to establish and expand these committees.

The United States has the worst rate of maternal death in the developed world, with an estimated 700-900 annual deaths and thousands of women experiencing near fatal complications after childbirth. The numbers are approximate in large part because reporting data is incomplete and not-federally mandated. In September, Rep. Quigley convened medical professionals and advocates for a roundtable discussion on maternal health and what needs to be done to better protect new mothers.