MedPage Today December 8, 2021
Shannon Firth

— “Systemic inequities” are driving adverse outcomes, says Vice President Harris

Lawmakers, clinicians, and advocates highlighted solutions to racial and other systemic inequities that have led to troubling disparities in outcomes for women before and after childbirth during the inaugural White House Maternal Health Day of Action Summit on Tuesday.

The White House and CMS proposed new strategies to help prevent maternal deaths and complications related to childbirth, including new funding, such as the $3 billion proposed in the Build Back Better Act to address maternal health; new guidance aimed at extending healthcare coverage for mothers after childbirth; and a “birthing-friendly” hospital designation.

“Before, during, and after childbirth, women in our nation are dying at a higher rate than any...

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