Category: Advocacy

Underwood’s ‘Momnibus’ Passes House in Build Back Better Act; Makes Largest Investment to Advance Birth Equity in American History

November 19, 2021 Press Release WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) celebrated the inclusion of every eligible provision of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 959) in the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House. As a co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Black Maternal Health Caucus with Representative Alma Adams (NC-12), Underwood […]

Maternal Health in the Build Back Better Act

Maternal health is receiving new attention by policymakers in the U.S. who are trying to address pregnancy-related deaths, particularly the substantially higher rates among Black and American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people compared to other racial and ethnic groups. The Build Back Better Act (BBBA) includes several provisions aimed at improving maternal health, particularly for people of color. The […]

Maternal Health Call to Action Summit

10:00 AM – Vice President Harris Delivers Opening Remarks 10:25 AM – Panel 1: Build Back Better by Improving Maternal Health 11:15 AM – Panel 2: 1-on-1 Conversation Vice President Harris with Allyson Felix 11:40 AM – Panel 3: Role of Men in Maternal Health 12:15 PM – Panel 4: Systemic Challenges with Maternal Health […]

Troops Would Get 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave as Part of Defense Bill Deal

By the end of next year, new military parents will be eligible for 12 weeks of family leave following the birth or adoption of a child, under the defense policy bill agreed to Tuesday by the House and Senate. The $768.2 billion fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act will require the services to provide up […]

Tricare to Cover Doulas, Lactation Consultants for Some Starting Jan. 1

Expectant moms who use Tricare in the U.S. will have access to the services of a doula and/or lactation consultant under a new program being rolled out by the Defense Department in 2022. The Pentagon announced Friday that it plans to launch a five-year pilot starting Jan. 1 to examine whether these birthing and breastfeeding consultants can […]

We Must Advance Maternal Health Equity in the Build Back Better Act

The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-generation opportunity to create jobs, cut taxes and lower costs for families across the country by ensuring that corporate bad actors and the wealthiest multimillionaires pay their fair share. This historic legislation includes critical investments that uphold a fundamental principle: that in America, every family has a right […]

UNDERWOOD, BOOKER, ADAMS, KELLY, AND BEATTY URGE PRESIDENT BIDEN, SPEAKER PELOSI, AND LEADER SCHUMER TO INCLUDE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS TO ADVANCE MATERNAL HEALTH EQUITY IN FINAL BUILD BACK BETTER PACKAGE

WASHINGTON – In a letter to President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Alma Adams (NC-12), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (OH-03) pushed to ensure that investments from the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act are included in full in the final Build Back Better package. Members also urged the leaders to build on the critical progress made through the American Rescue […]