Over 750 national, tribal, state and local organizations and elected officials groups have signed onto a letter advocating for an extension of Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).
The letter says in part, “ As diverse national, state, tribal and local organizations committed to accountable policies that both improve outcomes for vulnerable children, pregnant women and families and save taxpayer resources, we write to urge you to extend funding for the bipartisan-supported Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV program) at its current annual funding level of $400 million in the upcoming lame duck session OR as one of the first acts of the 114th Congress before MIECHV program funding expires in March 2015.”
The letter includes signatories from every state and four territories, including national, state, local and tribal organizations and elected officials. In addition to the Child Welfare League of America, signatories include a range of prominent national organizations from the medical, educational and children’s communities.
MIECHV was enacted as part of the ACA and was originally championed in congresses before 2009 by senators and members of congress from both parties. It was extended this year for an additional year as part of a package of Medicare legislation referred to as the Medicare “doc fix” that dealt with provider reimbursements. Its extension also garnered bipartisan support.