Action Alert: Maternal Mortality Legislation

February 15, 2013Articles

Senate Bill (SB) 495 by Senator Joan Huffman, relating to the creation of a task force to study maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity, will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services committee Tuesday, February 19th at 9 a.m.

What does the bill do?

SB 495 creates a multidisciplinary task force within the Department of State Health Services that will study why mothers are dying or nearly dying from causes related to or aggravated by pregnancy. The task force findings will guide improvements in health care to reduce complications for women.

Why is this bill so important?

The maternal mortality rate in Texas has quadrupled over the last 15 years. Health, economic, environmental, and access to care are just a few factors that can contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity. Factors may also vary by region. That is why it is so important that Texas have its own task force to study the specifics behind the alarming rate of maternal mortality and morbidity in the state.

How can you help?

Contact members of the Senate Health and Human Services committee and voice your support for SB 495. We owe it to Texans to find out why so many of our mothers are dying. By studying what is happening, we can find trends, and address what is going on.

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