The Texas Department of State Health Services (DHSH) confirmed this week it has initiated review of maternal mortality cases from 2020 and into early 2021, spanning the beginning and peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.      The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (TMMMRC) is scheduled to conduct its next meeting on September 8th … Read more

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee’s (TMMMRC) key recommendations, released in a joint report with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in December, listed 12 months of postpartum healthcare coverage as a foundational recommendation.      After facing some hurdles, the committee’s recommendation is now law with Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of … Read more

The 88th Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on May 29th with the passage of several key healthcare reforms that address access to maternal, reproductive, and behavioral healthcare.      The FY 2024-2025 state budget increased funding for health and human services from the previous biennium by 17.3% to $102 billion in total funds, much … Read more

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

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

Following a rally at the Capitol by maternal health advocates this week, members of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) are calling on state leaders to address maternal health equity in the upcoming legislative session.     Nakeenya Wilson, who sits on the review committee at the sole community advocate, is calling … Read more

A coalition of organizations advocating for Black maternal health plan to hold a rally at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to demand the immediate release of the 2022 Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Joint Biennial Report.     The Maternal Health Equity Collaborative (MHEC), an … Read more