Maternal health care is not always easily available to women serving in the military or their family members. Recent studies have shown that patient satisfaction for maternity care in military health facilities is low, despite pregnancy and childbirth being the top reasons for patients being admitted to military treatment facilities. Additionally, military service and station changes make it challenging to find needed resources due to the additional stress placed on mothers. We need more information to identify and address these challenges.
Introduced by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Terri Sewell (D-AL). Improving Access to Maternal Health for Military and Dependent Mothers Act Requires the U.S. Department of Defense to provide Congress with a comprehensive study on access to maternal health care within the military health service for service members and their dependents.
- “Ensuring the well-being of our military families means addressing the unique challenges that mothers or their spouses face while serving in the military. Improving Access to Maternal Health for Military and Dependent Mothers Act This is an important step toward understanding and overcoming barriers to maternal health care within the military health system. – Senator Rubio
- “It is extremely important that mothers who are veterans, military spouses, or currently serving this country have access to quality, affordable health care. Our bill will help ensure that female service members and military spouses can receive the same care as civilians through TRICARE, and will ensure that we keep the promises we made to them when they signed up to serve our country. But stay true. – senator examiner
- “I am proud to lead the Improving Access to Maternal Health for Military and Dependent Mothers Act to ensure that our service members and their families receive adequate, available, and local prenatal and postpartum care. With the many hardships our service members and their families face, ensuring accessible maternal health care should not be one of them. As a mother, it is disgusting to read reports of expectant mothers being turned away from hospitals on military installations due to a lack of full-service medical staff. Service members and their families selflessly serve our country and it is our responsibility to take care of them and their families during the most important moments of their lives. , Congresswoman Stefanik
- “Our service members and their families deserve access to reliable and quality health care at all times, and that includes maternity services. To better serve our expected service members and their spouses, we need to better understand the challenges they face when attempting to access care. I am proud to co-lead this bill that will continue to improve maternal health care for the families we protect. , Congresswoman Sewell
This legislation is supported by the Military Family Advisory Network, the Military Officers Association of America, and the National Military Family Association.
To hope … Senator Rubio will continue to be a leader and advocate for the well-being of mothers and families.