The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, signed on Friday by President Donald Trump, includes good news for children and vulnerable families! Among key provisions, it reauthorizes and funds the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for five years and extends the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for an additional four years providing a decade of stability for uninsured children.
The budget bill, passed in Congress with bipartisan support, also includes a significant boost in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, effectively doubling the program’s discretionary funding and enabling important improvements to child care quality standards. Community Health Centers, a critical source of health care for low-income pregnant women and uninsured families, are also reauthorized and provided with increased funding in the bill.
In addition to these provisions, the expansive budget provides resources for disaster recovery, infrastructure, and the opioid epidemic, extends numerous health and tax provisions, and raises the debt limit.
The budget was passed and signed after a nail-biting 48 hours of negotiations and a brief government shut-down.
Thanks go to Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, as well as Representatives Neal Dunn, Carlos Curbelo, John Rutherford, Al Lawson, Ron DeSantis, Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto, Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Charlie Crist, Kathy Castor, Dennis Ross, Thomas Rooney, Francis Rooney, Theodore Deutch, Brian Mast and Mario Diaz-Balart for supporting the bipartisan measure!