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  • Helping MOMS Act

    Constituent request in support of the Helping MOMS Act – to increase access to lifesaving saving postpartum care.

    As a constituent and someone who cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of pregnant and new moms and the babies they love, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 3345, the Helping MOMS Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Robin Kelly and Jamie Herrera Beutler. This legislation builds on the foundation of the American Rescue Plan by providing states with the option to permanently extend Medicaid coverage through the entire postpartum period of one year, a proven strategy for reducing preventable maternal deaths and long-term complications.

    Currently, most states only provide Medicaid coverage for 60 days immediately following childbirth. However, many new moms experience one or more health complications within a year of giving birth. Notably, nearly one-third of complications that lead to maternal death occurs after 6 weeks – which is when many moms receive the last doctor’s appointment they will have until they become pregnant again. More moms need to be covered, and all moms need to stay covered – for at least one year postpartum. With more than half of new moms covered by Medicaid, the Helping MOMS Act could significantly improve these health outcomes. It will also lower healthcare costs by reducing long-term, sometimes life-long care for serious complications of pregnancy and childbirth that go undiagnosed and untreated. Plus, I’m sure you agree: Healthy moms and babies…priceless.

    It is for these reasons that I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 3345. To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Anita Burgos in Representative Robin Kelly’s office at anita.burgos@mail.house.gov and Adriianna Lagorio in Representative Herrera Beutler’s office at adriianna.lagorio@mail.house.gov.

    Thank you for your consideration of my request, on behalf of moms everywhere.
    Sincerely,

    (Your first and last name)

  • Reach Every Mother and Child Act

    Constituent request in support of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act - to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally.

    As a constituent and someone who cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of moms around the world and the babies they love, as I know you do, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor S.1451, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Susan Collins and Chris Coons to strengthen the United States’ efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children in the developing world by 2030.

    As you may know, nearly 300,000 women die annually from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, a significant proportion of deaths for children under age five occur in the first 28 days of birth, with newborns accounting for nearly 50 percent of all under-five deaths. Every one of those babies lost could be our own, every one of their moms could be our sister, our daughter, our friend, our partner.

    The Reach Every Mother and Child Act would implement evidence-based interventions to help moms have healthier pregnancies, safer births, and healthier babies with healthier futures. This legislation would establish a vital collaborative effort between the U.S. and community members overseas to implement life-saving strategies.

    Specifically, the proposal aims to help reach more at-risk mothers and children by a) implementing a strategy focused on bringing to scale the highest impact, evidence-based interventions, with a focus on country and community ownership; b) establishing a Maternal and Child Survival Coordinator at USAID who would focus on implementing the strategy and verifying that the most effective interventions are scaled up in target countries; c) improving government efficiency across several agencies that would collaborate with the Coordinator to identify and promote the most effective interventions to end preventable maternal and child deaths globally; d) promoting transparency and greater accountability; and e) requiring detailed public reporting on progress toward implementing the strategy.

    These are just some of the reasons why I urge you to co-sponsor S.1451. To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Mike Wakefield in Senator Collins’ office at mike_wakefield@collins.senate.gov and Carter Thompson in Senator Coons’ office at carter_thompson@coons.senate.gov.

    Thank you for your consideration of my request, made on behalf of all moms around the world.

    Sincerely,

    (Your first and last name)

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