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In Maryland, Maternal Mortality is on the rise. Maryland’s maternal mortality rate for 2011-2015 is 20% higher than its rate for 2006-2010. However, what is even more alarming and presents a true public health crisis is that in Maryland, black women are 2.7 time more likely to die due to pregnancy related issue than their white counterparts. Given the dramatic racial disparities in maternal mortality, it is critical that the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Team’s report include a section on racial disparities. Their reports usually do, but this legislation simply requires that data always be included.

Our House hearing for HB 583 will be in the House Health and Government Operations Committee on February 27, 2019 at 1 pm.

Our Senate hearing for SB 356 went really well! To read ACY’s testimony, click here. Our witnesses in support of this legislation included Ana Rodney, Founder of Mom Cares Baltimore, Cathy Costa, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Baltimore City Health Department, Andrea Williams-Muhammad, Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Nzuri Malki Birth Collective and National Collaborator with Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Ashley Black, Attorney with the Access to Health & Public Benefits Project at the Public Justice Center, Inc., Beth Morrow, Associate Director of Public Policy at Maryland Family Network, Matt Quinlan, Public Policy Manager at the Family League of Baltimore City, and Melissa Rock, ACY’s Birth to Three Strategic Initiative Director.

SB 356  will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, February 14th at 1 pm.

Delegate Wilkin’s HB 583 has dropped, and will be heard in the House Health and Government Operations Committee. Our co-sponsors include:

  • Delegate Crosby
  • Delegate Ebersole
  • Delegate Hettleman
  • Delegate Hill
  • Delegate Ivey
  • Delegate Jalisi
  • Delegate Lehman
  • Delegate R. Lewis
  • Delegate Queen
  • Delegate Sample-Hughes
  • Delegate Shetty
  • Delegate Smith
  • Delegate Solomon
  • Delegate Sydnor
  • Delegate Valentino-Smith
  • Delegate Wilson
  • Delegate K. Young

Senator Nathan-Pulliam’s SB 356 has dropped! We are proud to have the following co-sponsors:

  • Senator Benson
  • Senator Carter
  • Senator Eckardt
  • Senator Ellis
  • Senator Elfreth
  • Senator Ferguson
  • Senator Hayes
  • Senator Kagan
  • Senator Kelley
  • Senator Klausmeier
  • Senator Lam
  • Senator Lee
  • Senator McCray
  • Senator Patterson
  • Senator Smith
  • Senator Washington
  • Senator Young