May 8, 2019
With the sobering trend of black mothers dying after childbirth at a much higher rate than white mothers, Massachussetts Rep. Ayanna Pressly is the leading sponsor of a bill that would help combat this rising trend. The bill, termed the MOMMIES act, would extend Medicaid coverage from 2 months to a full year after childbirth, and give mothers more access to community-based health services.
“We still have health disparities in Massachusetts, even with having all that incredible access,” she said. “The statistics in Massachusetts are very sobering around the issue of maternal mortality, with a very sharp contrast along race lines.”