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Bill package targets racism and bias in maternal healthcare

Twill Care
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The legislation would require the state to gather data on bias and racism that could occur in care during a pregnancy and after childbirth.

Research has shown Black and indigenous women are more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes

The package hopes to take on racial disparities through requiring insurance plans to cover more types of care, like midwife services and by data collection.

Democratic Senator Erika Geiss says she hopes the bills lead to significant improvements in maternal and infant health.

“When you have a good birth outcome, and you can have that good first year of life for your infant. And now you are setting your whole family up for success.”

Research from the state health department found Black women in Michigan were more than twice as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women in the state.

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