Two federal programs – the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative – provide critical resources for Florida’s children and their families during the First 1000 Days. Authorization for both of these programs ended September 30, 2017. Both initiatives are continuing with short-term funding and residual grant support. The First 1000 Days Florida Coalition joins the National Governor’s Association, and other state and national advocacy groups in urging Congress to take immediate action to reauthorize these programs.
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Failure by Congress to reauthorize the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) prior to its expiration on September 30 places more than 340,000 Florida children in jeopardy of losing health care coverage.
Florida, and 28 other states, are expected to runout of funding for the program between January and March, 2018 based on projections by the federal Medicaid & CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).
The state received nearly $687 million in CHIP funding in 2017, the fourth largest allotment in the country. CHIP has contributed to historically low rates of uninsured children (6.2%) in the state. Learn more about national efforts to reauthorize SCHIP here.
Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) supports families with millions of home visits that strengthen families and communities across the United States. Without reauthorization, these necessary services will be cut for families in need and programs will be unable to reach more families. Florida currently receives $10.9 million in funding annually which is used to implement three evidence-based models (Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families Florida and Parents as Teachers) in 25 of the state’s 29 high-need counties and four continuous areas. The program provided more than 22,000 home visits to families in 2016-17, supporting their efforts to raise children who are healthy, safe and enter school ready to learn. Learn more about national efforts to reauthorize MIECHV here.