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PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018 & Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

The House of Representatives passed the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018 to prevent and treat preterm birth. It’s an important step in reversing the rising trend of prematurity and addressing a national health crisis that affects far too many families. This new law will protect more moms and babies and will include a renewal of research programs and the reauthorization of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s activities aimed at promoting healthy pregnancies and preventing premature birth.

The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2018. This bill will provide much-needed funding to states and tribes to establish and improve maternal mortality review committees. These committees include local experts on maternal, infant and public health who investigate cases of maternal death and develop recommendations to prevent them. Next up, this bill will go to the Senate.

You can find contact information for your state representatives (incumbents only) on the Texas Legislature search page.  Make sure to check the list of members not returning and their replacements because newly elected members for the 86th session won’t be reflected on the search page until January 2019.  Remember, when requesting a meeting, always identify yourself as a constituent in your legislator’s district.


LAST YEAR IN MCLENNAN COUNTY. UNITED WAY FUNDED PARTNER PROGRAMS PROVIDED:
20,549
low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
33,753
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
150,498
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
4,602
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
22,344
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management