The United States has some of the highest maternal mortality rates among the world's wealthiest countries.

People of color in the U.S. are three more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their white peers​. This trend is even worse for Black pregnant people, who die at nearly four times the rate​. The trend applies regardless of education or income​.

The Maternal CARE Act is a set of three bills would address racial disparities in maternal mortality and improve health outcomes for all Kentuckians. House Bill 185 would establish a board that would track maternal and infant deaths and study the causes of those deaths. House Bill 27 would require anti-racism training for healthcare providers. House Bill 266 would allow people to use Medicaid to pay for doula services.

House Bill 185 Movement:

  • Introduced: 1/6/21
  • Passed House Committee: N/A
  • Passed House: N/A
  • Accepted by Senate: N/A
  • Passed Senate Committee: N/A
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A

House Bill 27 Movement:

  • Pre-Filed: 8/26/20
  • Introduced: 1/5/21
  • Passed House Committee: N/A
  • Passed House: N/A
  • Accepted by Senate: N/A
  • Passed Senate Committee: N/A
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A

House Bill 266 Movement:

  • Introduced: 1/13/21
  • Passed House Committee: N/A
  • Passed House: N/A
  • Accepted by Senate: N/A
  • Passed Senate Committee: N/A
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A

Sponsors

HB185: A. Scott, K. Flood; HB27: A. Scott, T. Bojanowski, J. Jenkins, P. Minter, J. Raymond, C. Stevenson, S. Westrom, L. Willner; HB266: A. Scott

Status

Active

Session

2021 General Assembly

Bill number

HB185, HB27, HB266

Position

Support