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Kamala Harris reintroduces bill to tackle racial disparities in maternal care

22.05.19 / Sen. Kamala Harris (Dem.) announced today that she is reintroducing her Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act. The bill, first introduced in 2018, aims to tackle racial disparities in maternal health.

According to a study published earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ratio of pregnancy-related deaths for white women is 13 per 100,000 live births, and jumps to 42.8 for black women.

Harris’ CARE Act would create two new grant programs to address racial health disparities. The first is a $25 million dollar program that would “support evidence-based implicit training” to combat racial bias within the medical profession. The bill also sets aside $125 million to “identify high-risk pregnancies” and “provide new mothers with the culturally competent care and resources they need.”

Read full story at CBS News

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