Ortega, Evelina "Lina"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/01/2017
Rep. Lina Ortega Applauds Unanimous Passage of HB 28
Legislation Strengthens Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force
AUSTIN –Following today’s House passage of House Bill 28, Representative Lina Ortega released the following statement:
"I am grateful to have unanimously passed House Bill 28, which adds both a labor and delivery nurse and a critical care doctor to The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. A labor and delivery nurse has greater firsthand knowledge of the potential complications women experience during childbirth, and a critical care doctor understands what is necessary to stabilize patients with life-threatening conditions. Adding these specialists will further enhance the knowledge and experience the task force calls upon to help us understand the best ways to address the maternal mortality crisis in our state.”
The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force was created by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, in 2013 and is set to expire in 2019 absent any action by the 85th Legislature. After legislation continuing the task force had failed to pass during the regular session, the Governor added the continuation and expansion of the task force to the Special Session, allowing the Legislature another opportunity to address this critical public health issue.
HB 28 will now be sent to the Senate for further action.
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