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TEXPROTECTS OP-ED: Congress must act now to reauthorize a proven support program for families

TEXPROTECTS OP-ED: Congress must act now to reauthorize a proven support program for families

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is the federal funding mechanism for evidence-based Home Visiting programs proven to make families more resilient and self-sufficient, prevent child abuse and neglect, and save taxpayers money.

In today's TribTalk, the op-ed blog of The Texas Tribune, TexProtects CEO Madeline McClure explains that MIECHV is scheduled to expire on September 30 unless Congress takes action to reauthorize it. If MIECHV does expire, thousands of at-risk families would lose access to crucially needed services.

Among the bills filed to reauthorize it, S. 1829 is the best - this bipartisan bill extends MIECHV for five years, and without a requirement for states to provide a dollar-for-dollar match, a problematic provision contained in another reauthorization bill that could force states in tight financial situations to shutter programs.

Please read the op-ed, and then email or call your members of Congress TODAY and urge support for S.1829.

Posted on September 21, 2017.

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