House Representative

Neave, Victoria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/19/2017

Rep. Victoria Neave Files Legislation to Address Maternal Mortality Crisis

Austin, TX: Representative Victoria Neave (HD-107) has filed legislation to address the rapidly rising rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas.

House Bill 242 would require the Texas Women's Health Program to provide screening for the most common causes of maternal mortality: mental and behavioral health conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and hemorrhaging. House Bill 243 would expand the services of the Texas Women's Health Program to include screening and treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse, which are known causes of deaths of new mothers.

"It is not acceptable for our state to have the highest rate of maternal mortality not just in the United States, but in the developed world," said Rep. Victoria Neave. "HB 242 and HB 243 would tackle some of the key causes of maternal death and will hopefully help save the lives of new mothers in Texas."

The medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that Texas’ maternal mortality rate had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. Many Texans suffer from a lack of access to healthcare, and Texas has the highest uninsured rate
in the United States.

Victoria Neave represents Texas House District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland. She serves on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the House Committee on County Affairs.