Each year, an estimated 380,000 children are born to first-time mothers living below the federal poverty level. Often they are young, single and socially isolated, and many of these new mothers don’t have high school educations. Nurse-Family Partnership doesn’t just offer them a lifeline, it advocates on behalf of them and their babies as well as the nurses, local agencies and communities that rally to their cause. Nurse-Family Partnership catalyzes support at the federal, state and local levels for funding and policies that sustain and enhance this important work. Click here to view our full 2019 Public Policy Priorities. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and Medicaid funding including the Medicaid Waiver in South Carolina’s Pay for Success project are examples of innovative funding streams that support delivery of the free, voluntary Nurse-Family Partnership services in states and nationwide.
Nurse-Family Partnership has earned strong bipartisan support by focusing on 40 years of research showing that the program leads to healthier mothers and children, thriving families with a pathway out of poverty, stronger communities and smarter government spending. Every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership yields $6.40 in return to society, and $2.90 in savings to state and federal governments. Across the nation, governments at all levels increasingly recognize the value of investing limited taxpayer dollars in evidence-based programs that reliably improve outcomes for families. Nurse-Family Partnership is an example of evidence-based practice and policy in action.
Maternal Health Bills Signed Into Law: Bipartisan bills signed at the end of 2018 support accessibility to safe and quality maternity care
NFP NSO Statement Regarding Public Charge: On October 10, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a new rule that would vastly expand the federal government’s ability to bar an immigrant from entering the United States, obtaining a new visa, or obtaining a green card by expanding the definition of who is considered a “public charge.” Like many of our network partners, the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office (NFP NSO) is very concerned about the long-term negative impact that this proposed policy could have on community health and the well-being of children. The NFP-NSO will provide a comment to DHS on how this proposed policy will negatively affect the at-risk families and communities that we serve, and explicitly reject the addition of the programs enumerated above and any others (CHIP, WIC, etc.) to the public charge determination. We encourage our partners to do the same. To read the full statement and find helpful resources to help you talk about this in your community, click here.
Federal Policy Update: Congress passes appropriations package funding the Department of Health & Human Services for Fiscal Year 2019