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State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

Maternal mortality rates are rising in the United States, particularly among Black and Native American women, who are two to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications.

State Medicaid programs, which cover 45 percent of all U.S. births and 66 percent of births to Black mothers, can play a critical role in improving maternal health outcomes and reduce racial inequities.

To advance comprehensive approaches to maternal health, stakeholders at national, state, and community levels must first understand the state policy landscape supporting or hindering this vital work. The maps below offer a state-by-state look at high-value policy approaches around the country to reducing gaps in maternal health care quality and outcomes.

The maps highlight policies organized in three areas:

  • Coverage and Benefits
  • Care Delivery Transformation
  • Data and Oversight
Commonwealth Fund - Maternal Health

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United States

Select a state on the map and an action above to learn what the state is doing to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce racial maternal health disparities.

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      Priti Khanal, Program Officer, Center for Health Care Strategies

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