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To Build Back Better, improving Black women’s Health is a must
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To Build Back Better, improving Black women’s Health is a must

Jamille Fields Allsbrook explains why lawmakers must center Black women's health as they debate President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

After winning the election, President Biden credited his victory to Black women’s support and activism, and now is the time we insist the president prioritize our needs as though our very lives depend on them. As Congress debates Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, lawmakers have the rare opportunity to make sweeping improvements to the U.S. health care system in ways that would improve the lives of all Americans, and especially Black women.

In particular, lawmakers should prioritize policies that would address the maternal health crisis, increase access to coverage and make prescription drugs more affordable. Given that Black women are disproportionately harmed by the current system — in terms of access, affordability and culturally competent care — these long-overdue advancements could save Black women’s lives.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Click here to view the full article.

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Jamille Fields Allsbrook

Senior Fellow, Women’s Initiative