Home Visiting Legislation Introduced by House Ways and Means Committee

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee introduced legislation reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). H.R. 2824, the Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, calls for a five-year extension at the current annual allocation of $400 million. Specifically, H.R. 2824:

  • Reauthorizes the MIECHV program at the current annual funding level of $400 million through fiscal year 2022
  • Requires a new state needs assessment by fiscal year 2020, and every five years thereafter
  • Creates an additional classification or “tier” for models that have proven “significant, sustained sizeable outcomes in benchmark areas at multiple sites;” this additional tier is not linked to funding in any way, but directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS to focus research and evaluation on testing the replication of home visiting models with significant outcomes to determine if they can produce sizeable and sustained impacts in other settings
  • Allows a state to use their MIECHV allocation for “pay-for-outcomes” projects, which would extend the grant over a 10-year period to accommodate the project
  • Requires that a state match MIECHV grant funds beginning in fiscal year 2020, resulting in a 50-50 federal-state match in fiscal year 2022 and beyond
  • Creates data exchange standards for increased data interoperability between federal agencies

The cost of the bill is paid-for, or offset, by prohibiting an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation from receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is part of the Home Visiting Coalition, which has raised some concerned about H.R. 2824. As part of the coalition, the Alliance has called for a five-year reauthorization and an incremental funding increase that reaches $800 million per year by the final year of reauthorization. Questions and other areas of concern can be found online.

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Date Posted: 
Fri, 16 Jun 2017

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