Counties Seek an Increase in Funding to Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program

On February 14th, Natasha Mehu submitted written testimony to the Finance Committee in support of SB 406 Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination – Grant Funding and Task Force. 

SB 406 would provide funding that is needed to assist counties and municipalities in providing services to low-income pregnant and postpartum women and children.

From the MACo Testimony:

The grant program helps local governments and their community-based partners to spearhead comprehensive, collaborative programs designed to address women’s pre- and postnatal health and their child’s development. Increasing funding from $50,000 to $5 million beginning in fiscal 2021 will go a long way to support programs that help reduce health disparities and improve the well-being of women and children. A holistic approach to supporting children and their mothers can yield overwhelming results for the long-term well-being of counties and their communities…

…Counties have a vested public health interest in the well-being of women and children in their communities and SB 406 would provide needed funding to assist these vulnerable residents.

For more on 2019 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.

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