Advocacy Updates

May 22, 2017: SMFM signs on to letters organized by the Friends of NCHS to House and Senate Appropriators, requesting $170 million for the National Center for Health Statistics in FY 2018.

May 17, 2017: SMFM signs on to a letter organized by the Friends of NCBDDD to House and Senate Appropriators, requesting $152.61 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in the FY 2018.

May 5, 2017: The House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), on a vote of 217-213 on Thursday, May 4, 2017. SMFM and its members are standing together to ensure that maternity care coverage includes medically necessary benefits for high-risk pregnancy, is affordable, includes specialty care and is continuous. SMFM is opposed to the AHCA, and cannot support any health care reform bill that does not meet these principles! Check back with our Action Center soon for more information. 

May 3, 2017: SMFM thanks Sen. Murray for introducing the Save Women's Preventive Care Act.

April 28, 2017: SMFM opposes the global gag rule, which blocks aid to foreign organizations who use their own non-U.S. funds to provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or to advocate for access to abortion services in their own country.

March 27, 2017: SMFM works in coalition to advocate for increased federal funding to combat the Zika virus.

March 21, 2017: SMFM writes to Congressional leaders regarding ACA replacement legislation.

March 9, 2017: SMFM endorses the bi-partisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.

March 8, 2017: SMFM issues a statement on the House Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

March 3, 2017: SMFM President, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, shares SMFM's position on access to and coverage for preconception, prenatal, labor, delivery, and postpartum care in a piece published in the The Hill.

February 7, 2017: SMFM signs onto a letter to President Trump in support of the safety of vaccines. The letter says, "Put simply: Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. Our organizations welcome the opportunity to meet with you to share the robust, extensive scientific evidence supporting vaccine safety and effectiveness."  SMFM will continue to work with policymakers to ensure that vaccine safety - particularly when it comes to life-saving vaccines recommended during pregnancy - is ensured.

February 1, 2017: SMFM joins more than 50 organizations expressing concern with the executive order signed by President Trump restricting the entrance of certain foreign nationals and refugees into the U.S. The letter outlined concerns related specifically to the order's effect on patient care, health education, and medical research. 

January 13, 2017:  SMFM sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to to ensure continued and improved access to maternity care services, providers and treatments in any health policy package that may replace the Affordable Care Act.  Included in that letter was SMFM's maternity care principles.

January 4, 2017: SMFM urges the Secretary of Health and Human Services to begin implementation of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women as soon as possible, and to include a MFM on the Task Force.

December 7, 2016: SMFM releases a joint statement of support for the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that creates a task force housed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will advance research and inform sharing on medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding

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