Category: Advocacy

Rep. Robin Kelly Acknowledges Black Maternal Health Week

April 11, 2023 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02) issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Black Maternal Health Week: “Protecting the health of Black women and girls should be beyond negotiation and policy dealing. Disparities in maternal death rates and maternal morbidity remain dire for Black mothers when compared to […]

Booker, Menendez Introduce Resolution Designating January 23 as Maternal Health Awareness Day

JANUARY 23, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-N.J.) introduced a resolution recognizing January 23 as Maternal Health Awareness Day. In 2018, New Jersey became the first state to recognize January 23 as Maternal Health Awareness Day through the work of the Tara Hansen Foundation, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers New Jersey […]

Casey, Cassidy Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers in the Workplace Passes Senate

DECEMBER 22, 2022 Bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure pregnant workers have reasonable accommodations at work, like a stool or water bottle Bill passed as an amendment to the FY23 federal spending bill Casey first introduced landmark legislation in 2012 Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chair and […]

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) For Nursing Mothers Act

The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, passed in 2010, requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the work day. While this was an important step, nearly one in four women of childbearing age were not covered by the Break Time law.  ​The PUMP for […]

Merkley-Murkowski Bill Expanding Breastfeeding Protections for Workers Poised to Become Law

12.22.22 Washington D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that their bipartisan Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support as an amendment to Congress’s fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed […]

Warren, Underwood, Lawmakers Reintroduce Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act to Combat Maternal Mortality and Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) led Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in reintroducing the Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act to improve research and data collection, safeguard the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals, and ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not exacerbate poor […]

Navigator Poll Shows Broad, Bipartisan Support for Maternal and Child Health in the Upcoming End of Year Package

November 30, 2022 – Passing the “Momnibus” Act is the #1 Issue for Voters in Upcoming End-of-Year Package with Majority Support from Independents and Republicans Washington DC — New Navigator polling reveals 72 percent of voters support passing the “Momnibus” legislation to reduce preventable deaths in moms. America has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country […]

Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Administration Action to Resolve “Family Glitch” and Lower Health Care Costs

(10/11/2022) Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s final rule to strengthen implementation of the Affordable Care Act by fixing the “family glitch,” a step that will help about 1 million Americans either gain coverage or see their coverage become more affordable. “Protecting and […]

Maternal Mental Health Summit with APA, HHS, including Heidi Murkoff

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Psychological Association co-sponsored this summit to promote maternal mental and physical health. The goal of “Maternal Health: Partnering for the Wellness of Racially Marginalized Communities” was to 1) educate and heighten awareness to faith and community […]