What Can Congress Do?

Funding initiatives with proven positive outcomes

Expand MIECHV

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.

Our Priorities for the 117th Congress

The Home Visiting Coalition looks forward to working with the 117th Congress to support the vital work of evidence-based home visiting programs with a strong reauthorization of MIECHV. Our key priorities in the new Congress are:

  • Increase MIECHV funding by $200 million each year over five years, to a total of $1.4 billion annually, to reach more families and better support the workforce over the next five years
  • Double the Tribal set-aside
  • Continue to allow virtual home visiting with model fidelity as an approved option for service deliver

Click here to see a letter from the Home Visiting Coalition endorsing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act.

Click here to see a letter from over 700 national, state, and local organizations urging Congress to provide a robust and timely bipartisan reauthorization of MIECHV.

Click here to see a letter from over 600 national, state, and local organizations urging Congress to support these critical priorities in MIECHV reauthorization.

Click here to see a one pager with more details on the coalition’s overall reauthorization priorities.

Click here to see a one pager about the benefits of virtual home visiting.

MIECHV One Pagers

The Home Visiting Coalition has developed a series of one-pagers for policymakers and the home visiting field to understand the stakes of MIECHV reauthorization. Please see below for six new resources from the coalition:

HVC Press Releases

September 21, 2022: Click here to see the coalition’s statement following the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s 41-0 vote to advance the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act

August 4th, 2022: Click here to see the coalition’s statement following the tragic news about the untimely death of Rep. Jackie Walorski, long-time champion of the MIECHV program.

March 16th, 2022: Click here to see the coalition’s press release about the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s bipartisan hearing on reauthorizing MIECHV this year.

March 9th, 2022: Click here to see a press release about the coalition’s letter from over 600 national, state, and local organizations urging Congress to support these critical priorities in MIECHV reauthorization.