Mayes aims to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors

Hypertension affects approximately 10% of pregnancies in the U.S.

PITTSBURGH, March 12 – Because hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, state Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny, has introduced legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage of blood pressure monitors for pregnant or postpartum enrollees.

“With this legislation, we have the opportunity to address the maternal health care crisis, starting with one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality: hypertension,” Mayes said. “By expanding Medicaid coverage of blood pressure monitors, pregnant or postpartum enrollees may detect high blood pressure and receive treatment before it’s too late. When left untreated, women’s risk of cardiovascular disease increases. This legislation will improve maternal health outcomes, Black maternal health, and women’s health care overall.”

She also noted that HPD is the leading cause of neonatal and fetal morbidity and mortality.

Mayes’ bill now awaits a vote in the PA House Health Committee. The bill is supported by the Pennsylvania Black Maternal Health Caucus.


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