HB19-1122 (Buckner & Landgraf/ Fields & Gardner) Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee
This bill would codify Colorado’s Maternal and Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) in statute. . The MMRC is required to review cases of maternal mortality that occur in Colorado, identify trends and patterns in deaths and develop recommendations to prevent maternal deaths through legislation, policies, rules and best practices. Also, the bill requires CDPHE to make regular recommendations to the Legislature based on the findings of the MMRC to address clinical and societal causes of death.
The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. Colorado’s maternal mortality rate has dramatically increased in recent years with behavioral health issues and self-harm being the two leading causes of death among new moms. Women in rural areas are more likely to die than those in urban areas and, nationally, African American women are more likely to die than white women, even when income and educational level are held constant. Nearly 80 percent of these deaths are preventable. 41 states and DC have authorized their MMRCs in statute. It’s time for our leaders to step up and protect our pregnant and postpartum Coloradans. MMRCs are the best way to understand maternal mortality and to identify interventions that prevent deaths and other adverse maternal outcomes.
Assigned to the House Appropriations after it passed out of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee unanimously. The Children’s Campaign’s Vice President of Health Initiatives, Erin Miller, testified in support of this bill.
January 18, 2019
Assigned to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee
February 8, 2019
Assigned to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wed., Feb. 13 upon adjournment in room 0107