Aug 9 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis recently co-introduced the Preventing Maternal Deaths Reauthorization Act of 2023, bipartisan legislation which would support states in preserving maternal health throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, addressing disparities in maternal health outcomes and finding solutions to enhance health care quality and outcomes for mothers.

“Maternal health is a serious issue in North Carolina and across the country with an alarming rise in pregnancy-related deaths,” Senator Tillis said. “We must work to improve maternal health outcomes and support mothers throughout pregnancy and beyond, and I am proud to co-introduce this bipartisan legislation that will address disparities and improve outcomes for mothers.”

Last Congress, Senator Tillis also introduced the Taskforce Recommending Improvements for Unaddressed Mental Perinatal & Postpartum Health (TRIUMPH) for New Moms Act, which was signed into law by President Biden in December 2022. This important legislation created a federal task force and national strategy to improve maternal mental health outcomes and expand mental health resources for new mothers by directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with states to increase mental health prevention and treatment services for new and expectant moms, as well as identify and report on best practices to better support new mothers with mental health challenges. 

Full text of the legislation is available here.