Each year, the Nurse-Family Partnership Policy & Government Affairs team makes ambitious public policy goalsto sustain and expand protections and opportunities for NFP families, and this year is no exception. In 2020, NFP aims to:
Improve, protect and expand funding streams for NFP
Improve NFP’s coverage within Medicaid and the health care system
Address maternal mortality and support healthy and stable families
Promote innovative policies that support programs that work
Click here to read more about NFP’s 2020 public policy priorities.
PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
As a public health program, Nurse-Family Partnership and our nurses are already on the front lines ofresponding to COVID-19. We have amended our policy priorities to reflect both the programmatic flexibilities thatare needed to continue to deliver NFP to moms who need it, but also the healthcare and social services that willbe required to meet their heightened needs during this time. In addition to the 2020 public policy priorities listed above, NFP will:
Prioritize a one-time $100 million appropriation for MIECHV that can be used to train home visitors to deliver services through technology that enables home visits from a distance, as well as tangible needs for families including technology, formula, diapers, etc.
Maintain all funding for and staffing levels of MIECHV programs regardless of potential temporary reductions in enrollment in order to maintain existing infrastructure
Support legislation that acknowledges the critical care nurses provide to families nationwide, including H.R. 6720, the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act and H.R. 6578, the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act
Promote telehealth and innovative policies that support evidence-based programs that work
Support efforts to expand wireless coverage for low-income families and expand broadband connectivity
Click here to read more about NFP’s policy priorities in response to COVID-19.