Congressman Roger Marshall

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

Marshall Focuses on Improved Maternal Health Care

November 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.–  Relying on his 25 years as an OB-GYN serving rural communities, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., has used his time in office to serve as an advocate for strong maternal health care.

Rep. Marshall’s work has been supported by President Trump, Congress and the leadership at Health and Human Services (HHS) who came together to pass the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018 last December to help states establish and expand Maternal Mortality Review Committees to better understand the causes of maternal deaths, including disparities in maternal care, health risk and patient outcomes.

In September 2018, Kansas launched its Maternal Mortality Review to better understand the trends associated with maternal and pregnancy-related deaths. It is a step toward collecting better data and determining more specific causes of death.

Rep. Marshall worked with Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), a fellow physician to author an op-ed on their hopes and visions of improving maternal health. In their article, Reps. Marshall and Bera discuss the potential impact of meaningful data combined with proper health care incentives, from conception through postpartum.

States and local communities have begun the hard work of learning where and how our society is failing moms…..Congress and the Trump administration focused on helping states do this by passing the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act last December.” Reps. Marshall and Bera wrote. “This law is currently helping states establish and expand Maternal Mortality Review Committees to better understand the causes of maternal deaths, including disparities in maternal care, health risks and patient outcomes.”

Drs. Marshall and Bera continue to explain that current payment models can result in fragmented care, recommending that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation consider payment models that incentivize health care providers to work together to protect the full scope of maternal care.

“Armed with the right data, we can begin to make smarter policy recommendations and clinical decisions that will address the gaps in prenatal and postpartum care. In addition, with the right incentives in place, we can improve the delivery of maternal care. Let’s not miss the opportunity to do so,” Reps. Marshall and Bera wrote.

Rep. Marshall was supportive of the passage of The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018 and has continuously supported robust funding for various federal programs including the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, Healthy Start, WIC, and research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He also supports legislation that improves continuity of care for mothers. 

You can read Reps. Marshall and Bera’s full op-ed here.

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