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A win for Black maternal health advocates, as Congress moves to set up new VA program

November 18, 2021

Proponents of addressing America’s Black maternal mortality crisis scored a win this week as Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation to set up a $15 million maternal care program within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It is the first bill in the Black Maternal Health Momnibus to make it through Congress and now awaits President Biden’s signature.

The “Momnibus” is a collection of a dozen bills aimed at eliminating the health care inequities that Black women and birthing people face. Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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