Momnibus Urgently Needed to Address Black Maternal Health Crisis

Statement of Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Vice President for Health Justice, National Partnership for Women & Families

“Over the last year, we have seen how the COVID pandemic, the stalled economy, and the national reckoning on systemic racism have increased awareness about long-standing structural inequities that drive the Black maternal health crisis. At the same time, these factors have exacerbated these inequities for pregnant people.

“We have more momentum than ever before to make concrete and lasting progress to tackle the Black maternal health crisis, and the Momnibus legislation is our much needed first step to achieve this. The Momnibus will provide urgently needed federal investments to address COVID-19 risks during and after pregnancy and advance respectful maternity care in future public health emergencies. The bills address Black women's needs from multiple angles, such as expanded access to healthy and affordable food, stable housing and reliable transportation.

“The National Partnership is proud to support the Momnibus bills and join Representatives Underwood and Adams and the Black Maternal Health Caucus to advocate for its passage.”

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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