Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety Act does not pass in 2017-2018 legislative session

Despite the current maternal health crisis nationwide and within MA, the MA legislature did not act to pass the bill HB4655 "An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety." The bill remained in the Committee on Health Care Financing through the end of the formal legislative session (after midnight on Aug 1). Your calls, e-mails, and State House visits over the past 18 months impressed upon many legislators the importance of this issue and we will build on this momentum moving forward. We look forward to working with the Massachusetts legislature to get the Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety Act passed next session. Maternal and infant health can't wait.