THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES TO EXTEND AND EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THE MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY TASK FORCE

(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 9, legislation to extend and expand the scope of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to protect the health of Texas women. The Task Force was created in 2013 and has been instrumental in efforts to prevent maternal deaths and improve mothers’ long-term health, but it is currently scheduled to disband in 2019. HB 9 not only extends the Task Force to 2023, it also directs them to identify demographic trends and requires the Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) to take certain preventative actions to improve the health and safety of pregnant women.

“This issue is very serious and I am happy to have the opportunity to work with Governor Abbott and my colleagues in the legislature to ensure all Texas mothers experience a safe, healthy pregnancy,” said Representative Cindy Burkett, author of House Bill 9 and Vice-Chairwoman of the Texas House Republican Caucus.