The Texas House Public Health Committee heard testimony on two bills aimed at revising the state’s process for reviewing maternal deaths on Monday.      House Bill 1847 would allow officials who review maternal death cases for the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) access to unredacted health information, while HB 663 would … Read more

Sima Ladjevardian, Region Six Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), outlined the agency’s health policy priorities for the region during a presentation at the 2023 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Austin last week.     HHS Region Six encompasses Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Ladjevardian … Read more

The Texas Legislature opened its 88th session by swearing in leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Kelly Hancock (R – Fort Worth) and Rep. Dade Phelan (R – Beaumont) addressed their individual chambers as Senate President and Speaker of the House on their commitment to the work ahead.      “Every member … Read more

After notable delay, the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (TMMMRC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) presented the key data and recommendations from the joint 2022 Maternal Health and Safety Initiatives Biennial Report on Friday.      At the time of the report’s expected release in September, DSHS announced that it … Read more

The Texas Legislature will consider several bills that address maternal health equity in the next session.  Rep. Shawn Thierry (D – Houston), an outspoken advocate for Black maternal health, authored 3 of those bills, House Bills 465, 460, and 472.     HB 472 would establish the Office of Health Equity (OHE) within the Health … Read more