Contact Your Senators: Pass the Rural MOMS Act

June 03, 2021 2:25 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

PAEA | Grassroots Action Network

On May 25, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted unanimously to advance the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act to the full Senate for consideration. This bipartisan, PAEA-endorsed bill seeks to holistically improve access to obstetrics care in rural areas by supporting training opportunities in underserved settings, among other provisions. We are asking for your help to ensure that this bill is prioritized for consideration on the Senate floor.

If enacted, the Rural MOMS Act would authorize $5 million annually through fiscal year 2025 to support OB/GYN clinical rotations for PA and other health professions students in rural areas with the ultimate aim of creating a sustained pipeline of graduates to these settings. According to PAEA’s most recent Rapid Response Report, more than 73% of PA programs are reporting that it is now either harder or much harder to secure women’s health/gynecology/obstetrics rotations than before the emergence of COVID-19, making this new investment particularly timely as PA education continues to recover from the pandemic.

Please contact your senators today and urge them to cosponsor and vote in favor of the Rural MOMS Act. As always, thank you for your advocacy and leadership on behalf of PA education.

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