Congress Needs to Hear from Midwives Again Now: For Maternity Health Access, Against Provisions Harmful to Women’s Health
The U.S. House and Senate are on two-week recess from work in Washington, mostly in their home districts and states. With women’s health and access to care high on the agenda, lawmakers need to hear from midwives and midwifery students – and ACNM makes it easy for you to make the connection.
Midwives have long supported enactment of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, important legislation to shine a spotlight on women’s access to maternity care nationwide. With ACNM support, the House passed this bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) (HR 315) in January. Now it’s time for the Senate to follow suit. Maternity care legislation was introduced late March (S 783) with bipartisan backing from Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). But for this bill to move, more cosponsors are needed. ACNM is asking midwives and student midwives to take action now and be heard in the Senate by clicking here.
Congress has been working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a new bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA, HR 1628). But because the AHCA would have impaired women’s access to coverage and care, the ACNM and midwives expressed strong opposition to the bill. Though legislative progress seemed to have stopped in late March, as late as April 6 the Administration and a key House committee were at work trying to amend AHCA and bring it to a vote in the House. ACNM asks midwives and student midwives to keep our voice strong for women’s health and against harmful provisions of the AHCA by clicking here.
Pro tip: See your legislators at home in person through April 23. When you do, bring the information from these alerts, make your voice heard effectively on these critical women’s health and midwifery issues, and send your pictures and your feedback to [email protected]