Schakowsky Introduces Legislation to Address Black Maternal Health

February 8, 2021
Press Release
Legislation Included as Part of “Momnibus” Package to Address Black Maternal Health Crisis

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, reintroduced the Innovative Maternal Payment And Coverage To (IMPACT To) Save Moms Act. This bill is one of several included in the historic and newly reintroduced “Momnibus” package of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.

“Black women in Illinois are six times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions. We must hold our health care system and our medical professionals accountable for ensuring not just quality of care, but equity of care. This is a racial justice issue and we are obligated to do something about it,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky, a founding Member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. “I’m proud to introduce the IMPACT to Save Moms Act to create new maternity care payment models and ensure continuous health insurance coverage for pregnant women. Innovative payment models and continuous insurance coverage will play a crucial role to reduce racial disparities in outcomes for moms and babies.”

The IMPACT to Save Moms Act establishes a new Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center demonstration project to transform maternity care delivery and develops strategies to ensure continuity of health insurance coverage for women from prenatal care to one-year postpartum.

Representatives Lauren Underwood, Alma S. Adams, Ro Khanna, Nydia M. Velázquez, Lucy McBath, Adam Smith, Mary Gay Scanlon, Al Lawson, Jahana Hayes, G. K. Butterfield, Gwen Moore, Marilyn Strickland, Tim Ryan, Adam B. Schiff, Hank Johnson, Steven Horsford, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Ted Deutch, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Seth Moulton, Darren Soto, Jerrold Nadler, David Trone, Yvette D. Clarke, Karen Bass, Ayanna Pressley, Dwight Evans, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Kathy Castor, Terri A. Sewell, and Nikema Williams joined Congresswoman Schakowsky as original cosponsors of the IMPACT to Save Moms Act. Senator Bob Casey has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

The bill has been endorsed by more than 165 leading maternal health organizations, including: 1,000 Days; 2020 Mom; A Better Balance; Abide Women’s Health Services; Advocate Aurora Health; African American Breastfeeding Network Inc.; Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines; Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments; American Academy of Nursing; American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work; American Association of Birth Centers; American Association of Suicidology; American College of Nurse-Midwives; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; American Nurses Association; American Public Health Association; America's Essential Hospitals; America's Health Insurance Plans; Ancient Song Doula Services; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Antelope Valley Hospital WIC Program; Anxiety and Depression Association of America; Arkansas Birthing Project; Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Association of Black Cardiologists; Association of Black Women Physicians; Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs; Association of State Public Health Nutritionists; Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative; Big Cities Health Coalition; Birth Future Foundation; Birth Supporters United, LLC; Black Mamas ATX; Black Mamas Matter Alliance; Black Women Birthing Justice; Black Women for Wellness Action Project; Black Women's Health Imperative; BreastfeedLA; California Nurse-Midwives Association; Center for American Progress; Center for Health Equity Transformation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); Center for Reproductive Rights; Centering Healthcare Institute; Childbirth Survival International; Children's Health Fund; Children's HealthWatch; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Cityblock Health; Commonsense Childbirth; Community Catalyst; Dem Black Mamas Podcast; Department of Ob/Gyn at Penn Medicine; Diversity Uplifts, Inc.; DONA International; Doula Philosophy; Dr. Jamila Taylor, The Century Foundation (endorsing as an individual); Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project; El Jardin Birth & Family; Equitable Maternal Health Coalition; EverThrive IL; Every Body Texas; Every Mother Counts; Expecting Health; Federation of American Hospitals; First Focus Campaign for Children; Global Alliance for Behavioral Health & Social Justice; Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice; Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights GRR!; Happy Family Organics; Harambee Village Doulas; Healing Hands Community Doula Project; Health Care Service Corporation; Health Care Transformation Task Force; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); HealthConnect One; Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai’I; HealthyWomen; Huggies®; Hustle Mommies; In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda; Ingram Screening, LLC; INNERWISDOM, INC; International OCD Foundation; Irth/Narrative Nation, Inc.; Jacobs Institute of Women's Health; Johnson & Johnson; Just Us Women Productions; Lifeline4Moms, University of Massachusetts Medical School; LOOM; Majaica; Mama Glow; Mamatoto Village; March for Moms Association; March of Dimes; Massachusetts Maternal Equity Coalition; Maternal Applications of Technology for Community Health (MATCH) Coalition; Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance; Melissa Simon, MD MPH, Vice Chair Department of OBGYN Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation; Mom Congress; Mom2Mom Downers Grove; MomsRising; Mothering Justice; MS Black Women's Roundtable; NAACP; NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals; NACBHDD and NARMH; NARAL Pro-Choice America; National Alliance for Hispanic Health; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Association for Children's Behavioral Health; National Association of Certified Professional Midwives; National Association of County and City Health Officials; National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; National Birth Equity Collaborative; National Black Nurses Association; National Council of Jewish Women; National Health Law Program; National League for Nursing; National Organization for Women; National Partnership for Women & Families; National Perinatal Task Force; National Register of Health Service Psychologists; National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership & Child First; National Student Nurses' Association, Inc.; National Urban League; National WIC Association; National Women's Health Network; National Women's Law Center; NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; Nzuri Doula Services; Ochsner Health; Physician Assistant Education Association; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Poppy Seed Health; Postpartum Support International; Postpartum Support International Alaska Chapter; Power to Decide; Preeclampsia Foundation; Prolacta Bioscience; Restoring Our Own Through Transformation; riskLD; Sacramento Maternal Mental Health Collaborative; Sawubona4Life; Shades Of Blue Project; SisterReach; Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team; Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; Society for Women's Health Research; The Big Push for Midwives; The Johns Hopkins Women's Mood Disorders Center; The Kennedy Forum; The National Association to Advance Black Birth; The Root Cause Coalition; Thomas Health Education and Consulting; Trust for America's Health; Union for Reform Judaism; University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Urban Mommy INC; VNA Health Care; What to Expect Project; Women of Reform Judaism; and, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.