On Monday the Senate voted to pass the Medicare doctor payment “patch,” or the “doc fix” bill. Riding along with the bill is the extension through March 31, 2015 of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and its funding. The House previously voted in favor of the extension and now it awaits the President’s signature.
This is a very important victory – MIECHV provides grants to states to help support voluntary home visiting, an evidence-based program that provides parenting education to low-income families. The program offers a wide range of services, including literacy and early education, family counseling, child abuse prevention, medical services, and much more.
Thank you all for calling Congress to extend the home visiting program. Your efforts help support families and ensure that their children have a good start in life and healthy development.
For more information on the home visiting program, click here.