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In Memoriam: Fortney H. (Pete) Stark

On Friday, January 24, the United States lost a champion for health care access for all. Rep. Pete Stark (D–Calif.) spent his 40-year career in Congress fighting for health care reform and policies to support the most vulnerable in our society.

Measuring Maternal Mortality

black pregnant woman getting doctor checkup

Last week, for the first time since 2007, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported new data on maternal mortality in the United States. As a result, we now also have a much more accurate picture of what is happening in the U.S. In previous years, not all states collected the same data in the same way. Now, we can compare rates between states and even globally.

U.S. Maternal Mortality Ratio Compared to Industrialized Countries with 300,000+ Births, 2017–2018

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Percent of Medicare Beneficiaries with Dental, Vision, and Hearing Coverage, by Income and Type of Insurance, 2016

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