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Pascrell Supports Healthy Mothers, Strong Families

Votes to Approve Ways and Means Committee authored bill to renew successful home visiting program

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, today spoke in favor of HR 8876, the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act.

“Over my 15 years on the Ways and Means Committee, I have served with many warriors working on behalf of improving maternal health services. At the very top of those champions is my friend and colleague, the late Jackie Walorski,” said Chairman Pascrell.

“Home visiting programs are effective in supporting healthy and strong families thanks to the dogged dedication of leaders like Congresswoman Walorski. This bill will expand home visiting programs that are so essential to children and families. Throughout the pandemic, home visiting programs were a lifeline for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. The pandemic was especially isolated for new mothers and these programs provided the emotional stability and resources to families to keep them whole. The new funding for these programs provided by this legislation is a worthy capstone of Rep. Walorski’s life and work. The lives saved will be her legacy. Let’s get this measure through the Senate and to the President pronto.”

HR 8876 reauthorizes the MIECHV Program for five years and significantly provides the first-ever funding increase to the program since its creation over a decade ago. New Jersey currently receives $10.5 million annually in MIECHV funding to deliver evidence-based and voluntary home visiting services to 5,000 families in all 21 counties across the state.

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