I am one of over a million MomsRising members and your constituent. I am writing to ask that you ensure the health care security of expectant mothers, infants, and children by protecting Medicaid and improving—not repealing—the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Right now, more U.S. more women are dying from pregnancy or childbirth complications than in recent history. In fact, the U.S. has one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates of any developed nation. What expectant moms need now more than ever is health care access—not health care cuts. Medicaid provides access to doctor’s visits, prenatal and preventative care, and treatment for health complications, all of which can be deciding factors between life and death for expectant mothers and their babies.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would weaken coverage protections for expectant mothers and strip away Medicaid for many who would otherwise have no access to health insurance. Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act also help reduce racial health disparities. Black women die at a rate that is three times higher than white women due to birth related causes. This is regardless of age, parity or education. Millions of black women gained access to maternal health screenings through the ACA. Slashing Medicaid funds and repealing the ACA would have devastating impacts on minority communities, pushing back progress that has been made.
Please stand against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which is a threat to mothers, children, our families, and our economy.