What Can Congress Do?Funding initiatives with proven positive outcomes
MIECHV supports critical work to develop and implement voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs.
While the program’s ability to impact maternal and child health outcomes is clear, years of level funding limit its reach to vulnerable families. Of the 18 million current and expectant parents who could benefit from MIECHV, only 150,000 currently benefit from the program. To bring the power of home visiting to more families and promote improved maternal health outcomes, we need Congress to invest more in MIECHV.
The Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Act (H.R. 4768)
The Home Visiting Coalition supports doubling current annual MIECHV funding to a total of $800 million to reach more families and help contribute to a comprehensive response to the maternal morbidity and mortality crisis. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation (H.R. 3) containing a bill that would double MIECHV funding over two years, the Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Act (H.R. 4768). The Home Visiting Coalition urges the Senate to support a companion bill so that Congress can advance this critical policy without delay.
Click here to see a national sign-on letter supporting H.R. 4768
Click here to see a state and local sign-on letter supporting H.R. 4768