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Request for Information Regarding Rural Maternal and Infant Health Care in Rural Communities

This notice is a Request for Information to seek public comments regarding rural maternal health care. Specifically, the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking information related to opportunities to improve health care access, quality, and outcomes for women and infants in rural communities, before, during, and after pregnancy. This includes the reduction of maternal health disparities across this timeframe between rural and urban communities, within rural communities, and racial and ethnic disparities within rural communities. This notice also includes a request for information to seek public comments regarding readiness of rural providers, including emergency medical services (EMS) to handle obstetric emergencies (i.e., emergencies related to pregnancy, birth, and after birth) in rural areas.


The RFI may be accessed here

RFI Response Instructions

All comments should be submitted electronically to To be assured consideration, comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2020 (NOTE: 109 days from issuance). Comment submissions should include:


The name, organization, address and contact number of the commenter


The email subject line shall read, “CMS Maternal Health RFI (Enter Name of Company)”

For more information about CMS’ Rural Health activities, visit:

For questions about the Rural Maternal RFI, contact:

Avareena Cropper at

 with “RFI” in the subject line