Healthy Babies Equity Act | 2022 Maryland Legislative Agenda
A first step in our fight for health equity, the Healthy Babies Equity Act extends Medicaid coverage to undocumented pregnant mothers.
Healthcare is a human right. Right now, undocumented immigrants, despite paying billions in dollars in federal and state taxes and contributing deeply to every facet of society, are ineligible for healthcare through Medicaid. Ineligibility for this program has left hundreds of thousands of Marylanders without status uninsured, often facing extraordinary health challenges – and in many cases, life or death situations.
Estimates show that the majority of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Prenatal and postpartum care (including delivery, medication, immunization, labor planning support, and more) is transformative, especially for communities of color, in preserving and protecting the lives of children and their mothers. Every person deserves access to this lifesaving and critical care regardless of their immigration status.