In 2010, the Affordable Care Act created a program to support home-visiting organizations that offer services to train new parents on overcoming poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence, and how to raise healthy children, reports NPR.
Currently, the “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program” awards more than $400M in grants to help new parents across the country every year.
Two bills are now pending to extend the program another five years, as its expiration date quickly approaches in September.
Program leaders fear that if funding is not secured for another five years, many programs will have to drastically reduce their services to families or even shut down completely.
Read full story at: NPR