Reps. Bucshon and Carson Introduce Legislation to Advance Efforts to Address Preventable Maternal Mortality
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) and André Carson (IN -07) introduce the Excellence in Maternal Health Act (H.R. 4215) to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to establish grant programs to develop and disseminate best practices to improve maternal health care quality, training, and education in order to reduce preventable maternal mortality.
“As a physician and a father of four, I understand the importance of ensuring the health of mothers during pregnancy and after the delivery of newborns,” said Dr. Bucshon. “This is a critical time for both the mother and the child as a new life is brought into the world. We must do better in our approach across the entire nation, especially in rural America, to use best practices and provide necessary resources to stop preventable maternal mortality which is why I have introduced the Excellence in Maternal Health Act. I believe this bipartisan legislation will benefit patients and communities that are currently struggling.”
“I’m honored to join Rep. Bucshon in introducing this bipartisan legislation that will help save lives and improve health outcomes,” said Rep. Carson. “Maternal mortality is a national, public health emergency, particularly in Indiana. To face this crisis, we must implement the programs and reforms found in the bill to help put an end to these tragic and often preventable deaths. I’ll work hard to pass this measure to ensure the birth of a child is a joyous and safe occasion for families across America.”
“Every mother deserves to see her baby celebrate their first birthday. Ensuring both moms and infants receive the health care and support they need is a key piece of my Next Level agenda. Achieving this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with our federal delegation. With the resources the state is committing and the increased collaboration with local, state and federal partners, I am confident that Hoosier moms and babies will see improved health outcomes.” Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his fifth term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.
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