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LANDGRAF SUPPORTS TEACHERS AND FIGHTS MATERNAL MORTALITY AT TEXAS CAPITOL  print page

by: Rep. Landgraf, Brooks
08/03/2017

This week, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (Odessa) voted to restore funding for retired teachers’ health insurance and also co-authored legislation to address the rising maternal mortality rates in Texas. Both measures successfully passed in the Texas House of Representatives and will be sent to the Texas Senate.

Citing a long-standing promise made by the state to its retired teachers to provide adequate health insurance coverage, State Representative Landgraf voted for House Bill 20 in order to decrease premiums and deductibles that would otherwise become unaffordably high for thousands of retired educators across the state..

"A promise is a promise," Landgraf said. “Our state’s retired teachers sacrificed so much to educate the children of Texas, and we must live up to the deal we've made with them for their services.”

Additionally, Landgraf co-authored House Bill 9 to extend and improve the work of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force that was created in 2013. With such a drastic spike in women dying after childbirth in Texas in recent years, more research, reports, and solutions are being sought in relation to maternal health and safety, pregnancy-related deaths, and maternal morbidity.

“I’m a strong advocate for life at all stages of life, and I will continue to fight for children and their mothers at their most vulnerable moments in life,” Landgraf said.

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