WASHINGTON, DC – The Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), announced a hearing for Friday, September 14, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.”
#SubHealth will review a new discussion draft of H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). The discussion draft would create a new grant opportunity for eligible entities to help enhance and improve reporting of maternal health outcomes.
“As both a member of Congress and an OB/GYN, I have been concerned by reports of increasing rates of maternal mortality in the U.S., especially in my home state of Texas,” said #SubHealth Chairman Burgess. “Next week’s hearing will be an opportunity to learn more about current disparities and incomplete reporting measures. We’ll also have a chance to hear about how standardizing maternal mortality data can help to inform a wide variety of stakeholders, including Congress, public health officials, and health care providers, so together we can ultimately identify and implement best practices to improve maternal health outcomes.”
In March 2018, #SubHealth Chairman Burgess and #SubOversight Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) sent letters to the Government of the District of Columbia and United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., following a series of questions raised by a December 2017 article in The Washington Post.
The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.