House of Representatives

Roberts Passes Bill to Help Reduce Maternal Mortality

3/6/2019 3:39:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY—Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, today passed House Bill 2334 through the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Roberts serves as chair of the House Public Health Committee.

HB2334 provides statutory authority for the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) to conduct ongoing comprehensive, multidisciplinary reviews of maternal death and severe maternal morbidity in Oklahoma. These reviews will allow the MMRC to identify factors associated with the deaths and make recommendations for system changes to improve health care and related services for Oklahoma women and infants.

“The Maternal Mortality Review Committee plays an important role in improving the health of our citizens,” Roberts said. “By studying cases where the death could have been prevented, they propose changes to prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future. When there are gaps in the information they obtain, the committee cannot do their part to reduce maternal deaths in Oklahoma, and our whole state suffers as a result of these losses.”

Oklahoma’s maternal mortality rate rose by over 50 percent from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Oklahoma had 23.8 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births versus 15 maternal deaths in 2012.

“Maternal mortality is an issue that all Oklahomans should be concerned about,” Roberts said. “Continuously improving the MMRC will help our health care professionals better understand the factors that contribute to maternal mortality. I’m glad my colleagues in the House agree on the vital importance of this bill and passed it with bipartisan support.”

HB2334 passed the House with a 96-0 vote on Wednesday afternoon. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration, where it is sponsored by Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore.