New Investments to Help Children and Families: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Authors: 
Children's Defense Fund
Published: February, 2011
Type: 
Brief
Number of Pages: 
7
Organization: 
Children's Defense Fund
Abstract: 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010 is expected to help 95 percent of children in America access health coverage. The new act also established the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, which helps improve the lives of expectant families and families with young children through voluntary home visitation services. In this brief, the authors provide information about the Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, including how the Affordable Care Act supports the program, how much funding each state receives for it, who can be served, and who can apply for grants under the program. They also discuss the steps states must take to receive a grant, the home visiting models that can be used, the requirements program models must meet, the evidence-based models that have been identified or may be considered, how states will track the effectiveness of their programs, and how HHS will judge their effectiveness.

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