As more new moms are dying, state looks to combat the issue with expanded coverage

TJC’s TAKEAWAY: This is a tremendous step in the right direction to address rising maternal mortality. Tennessee is currently ranked 41st in maternal mortality, moving down 8 spots from the previous year. For better health outcomes, women should have access to health coverage before, during, and after pregnancy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF/AP) — An overwhelming majority of all Tennessee’s maternity deaths in 2017 could have been prevented, according to a new report released Tuesday that was commissioned to address the state’s high maternal deaths.

“We dedicate this report with deepest sympathy and respect to the memory of these women who died while pregnant or within a year of their pregnancies,” Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a statement.

The report comes nearly three years after the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Maternal Mortality Review and Prevention Act of 2016, which created a review panel to not only look over maternal deaths but also offer prevention recommendations.

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