The United States has some of the highest maternal mortality rates among the world's wealthiest countries. While these bills did not move forward in 2021, House Bill 212 became law and is very similar to House Bill 185. 

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