House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care”
The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on several bills to improve maternal health and welfare. The hearing discussed four maternal health bills: the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act, introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL); the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY); the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act, introduced by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC); and the Healthy MOMMIES Act, introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Find witness testimonies and hearing updates here.
Why this is important: Republicans on the subcommittee expressed concern that passing federal legislation to ensure Medicaid coverage for beneficiaries up to one year after giving birth would prevent states from deciding how long the program should cover new mothers.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform: “The Administration’s Apparent Revocation of Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children”
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing to investigate the decision by Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to end consideration of non-military deferred action requests, commonly known as medical deferred action. Find witness testimonies and hearing updates here.
Why this is important: Members heard from those affected by the policy, while Democratic members displayed frustration as representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) refused to comment on the policy during the hearing. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asked representatives to answer her questions on who recommended they give no comment at the subcommittee under oath and suggested that if they did not answer the questions, the subcommittee should seek a subpoena.
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