The Latest: In an effort to understand and clarify the facts surrounding the delay of this report, Democracy Forward Foundation submitted two records requests with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Maternal Mortality & Morbidity Review Committee.

BACKGROUND

On September 13, 2022, the Houston Chronicle reported that the September 1, 2022 release of maternal mortality data would be delayed until summer of 2023, after the midterms and the next biennial legislative session. According to reports, the delay of this report means that the analysis won’t be available until the 2025 legislative cycle.  Historically, the Texas State Legislature relies on recommendations from the report to advance legislation that address the maternal health crisis in Texas. This was expected to be the first major updated count of pregnancy related deaths in nearly a decade.

Texas’s maternal mortality rates exceed that of the U.S. average. Black women in Texas are disproportionately impacted; studies have shown they are 3 times more likely to die than their white counterparts.

Texas is also the uninsured capital of the United States. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that one in five Texans had no health insurance, including more than a quarter of women of reproductive age — the highest rate in the nation. Texas is one of 12 states that has refused to expand Medicaid, even in light of financial incentives and clear calls from medical and business communities to do so.

Last Updated: September 19, 2022