01/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2020 18:33
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan has cosponsored bipartisan legislation, led by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), aimed at helping to ensure that new and expecting moms living in rural communities get the care that they need. The legislation would take significant steps forward to improve health care outcomes for moms and their babies, including by expanding prenatal and postpartum telehealth services and creating new federal grants to address maternal mortality.
'No matter where they live, expectant moms deserve access to high-quality care to protect their health and the health of their babies,' said Senator Hassan. 'With rural communities across New Hampshire experiencing physician shortages and other challenges, this much-needed bipartisan legislation will help us take a big step forward in supporting moms and their families.'
The bipartisan Rural MOMS Act would:
The Rural MOMS Act is endorsed by: Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs; Every Mother Counts; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; National Birth Equity Collaborative; March of Dimes; Nurse-Family Partnership; and the National Rural Health Association.
Senator Hassan has prioritized improving maternal and newborn health. In 2018, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to improve access to maternal care in rural and underserved areas by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and incentivizing providers to practice in these underserved communities. The President also signed into law legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored to help prevent maternal deaths. Senator Hassan also introduced bipartisan legislation to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies, and the legislation passed the House last summer.