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Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act

What is the "Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act"?

  • Under H.R. 4965/S. 466, the "Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act":
    • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would review quality measure related to care of childbearing women and newborns, particularly with respect to the application of such measures to the Medicaid and CHIP programs and identify omissions and deficiencies in the application of those measures in those programs.  
    • HHS would develop and publish a set of such measures and would review and update the list on an on-going basis.
    • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in consultation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), would work with with qualified measure development entities to develop, test and validate measures that address gaps identified in HHS' review of existing maternal and newborn measures.
    • AHRQ would adapt the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems program surveys of providers, facilities and health plans for the purpose of measuring the care experiences of childbearing women and newborns.
    • HHS would be able to make grants to eligible entities to support the development of new state and regional maternal care quality collaboratives, expanded activities of existing maternal care collaboratives.  The authorization for these grants is up to $15 million, although the actual appropriation would depend on the budgeting process.  

  • Issue Brief
  • S. 466 Text, Summary, List of Cosponsors and Current Status (Click here to see if your Senator is a cosponsor)
  • Press Release from Sen. Stabenow
  • Press Release from Sen. Grassley
  • H.R. 4695 Text, Summary, List of Cosponsors and Current Status (Click here to see if your Representative is a cosponsor)
  • Press Release from Rep. Engel
  • Press Release from Rep. Stivers
  • Letter of Support from the Coalition for Quality Maternity Care (Issued in 2013 when the legislation was first introduced)

Take Action Now!

  • You can use ACNM's legislative action center to send a message to your legislator asking him/her to support this bill.  Click here!
  • You can also encourage your colleagues, family members, or friends to use ACNM's Action Center to advocate on your behalf.  It's simple and quick. 

For more information, contact ACNM Federal Representative Patrick Cooney at 202-347-0034, [email protected].

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