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Pew Applauds Federal Grant Program Supporting State Expansion of Evidence-Based Home Visitation
Date:3/22/2010

d dependence on welfare, and increased participant employment. Families choose to gain access to tools and parenting skills that assure their child's best possible start in the most critical developmental period.

"The results of evidence-based home visitation are clear: fewer young children in our costly social welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems, and considerable cost savings for states.

"We are encouraged by this positive step and will continue working with Congressional leaders to enact Medicaid legislation that creates a sustainable funding source for proven home visiting programs."

Background: H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act establishes a $1.5 billion federal grant program for state-based home visiting programs serving families with young children and families expecting children. The legislation fails to include optional coverage of nurse home visitation services through Medicaid -- a provision included in earlier drafts of the bill. These are voluntary, sustained efforts that pair new and expectant families with trained professionals to provide parenting information, resources and support during pregnancy and throughout their child's first three years.


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