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Capitol Health Call
April 14, 2015

Legislation Introduced to Set Higher Maternity Care Standards

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JAMA. 2015;313(14):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3008

Sen Debbie Stabenow (D, Mich) and Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) on February 12 introduced the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2015 to improve maternity care and reduce health care costs.

Nearly a quarter of all hospitalizations are for maternity and newborn care, and the bill holds Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program accountable by developing higher-quality standards for such care, according to a statement ( The bill also provides funding for collaborative projects among such entities as state health departments, provider organizations, and hospitals to improve the quality of maternity care (

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