Home Visiting CEOs Hit Capitol Hill

The leaders of six home-visiting programs met with Congressional staff yesterday to discuss ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), hopefully with a boost in authorized appropriations.

Diedra Henry-Spires, CEO of the Dalton Daley Group, a nonprofit advocacy group running point on the push for MIECHV reauthorization, described it as a working lunch attended by “R’s and D’s.”

Attending the meeting: Roxane White of Nurse Family Partnership; Dan Duffy of Healthy Families America; Staci Croom-Raley of HIPPY; Darcy Lowell of Child FIRST; Sarah Walzer of the Parent-Child Home Program; and Constance Gully of Parents as Teachers.

MIECHV was created as part of the Affordable Care Act, and provides states with funds to support a list of approved home-visiting models. These programs pair new and expecting mothers with health, social service or child development professionals to prepare for parenting.

Since its original authorization expired, MIECHV has been saved with $400 million annual extensions attached to other health care laws, most recently the bill to update Medicare in 2016. President Trump’s budget pencils in another two-year, $400 million extension for the program.

The “MIECHV Lobby,” such as it is, is asking for a standard five-year authorization that brings annual appropriations up to $800 million.

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