A study in the journal Health Affairs said California’s success in reducing maternal mortality—7 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 live births, compared to a U.S. average of 22 per 100,000— came thanks to a four-pronged plan of attack that combined analyzing public health data, convening public and private health groups, creating a data system measure progress, and developing health interventions for use across the state.

California’s embrace of the Affordable Care Act also likely played a role in the maternal mortality rate reduction, according to the study. The law helped the state’s rural hospitals stay afloat and kept more women insured between pregnancies.

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