The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) were signed into law in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, these bills provide free coronavirus testing, establish short-term paid leave, enhance unemployment insurance, expand food assistance programs, and increase federal funding for housing assistance. For most of these provisions, relevant federal agencies will be working directly with states to get the resources and relief to the families that need it. The NFP-NSO will be providing supplemental information as it becomes available. Please read this Public Policy Update for a full overview of key provisions that benefit NFP families available.
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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 2020 Public Policy Priorities. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and Medicaid funding including the Medicaid Waiver in South Carolina’s PFS project are examples of innovative funding streams that support delivery of the free, voluntary Nurse-Family Partnership services in states and nationwide. To learn more about NFP’s full federal legislative agenda click here.
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.
NFP NSO Statement Regarding Public Charge: On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule that would vastly expand the federal government’s ability to bar an immigrant from obtaining legal status in the United States by expanding the definition of who is considered a “public charge.” The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office (NFP-NSO) strongly opposes this rule, which targets families who are doing the right thing by seeking legal immigration status and creating a better life for their families. The rule effectively forces a choice between legal presence and seeking public benefits that protect health, well-being, and safety. To read the full statement and find helpful resources to help you talk about this in your community, click here. The statement is also available in Spanish here.
Maternal Health Bills Signed Into Law: Bipartisan bills signed at the end of 2018 support accessibility to safe and quality maternity care