Sending Office: Honorable John A. Yarmuth
Sent By:
Zack.Marshall@mail.house.gov

SUPPORT HEALTHY START!

Help Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Neediest Children!
 

DEADLINE TO SIGN: This Thursday, March 15, 2018

This is a programmatic request.

Current Signers: Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, Rep. Robert A. Brady, Rep. Julia Brownley, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Rep. Tony
Cárdenas, Rep. André Carson, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Danny K. Davis, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, Rep. Dwight Evans,
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Al Lawson, Jr., Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep.
Patrick Meehan, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Tom O’Halleran, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Rep. David Scott, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter,
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. Filemon Vela, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Dear Colleague:

There are many factors we cannot control in determining whether or not a baby is born healthy. However, we can ensure that the federal government is fully committed to reducing infant mortality and low-birthweight rates. That is why I ask you to join us
as we request $128 million for the Healthy Start program in the FY 2019 Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, consistent with President Trump’s FY 2018 request.

Healthy Start is an existing network of more than 100 community-based programs working to support low-income and disadvantaged pregnant women and their families. The program’s services include case management, home visitation, perinatal depression screening,
interconceptional care, health education, outreach, and other effective approaches to ensure the birth of a healthy newborn child.

Healthy Start is a proven, evidence-based model that has measurable results. An assessment by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the program states, “Healthy Start is successful in reducing infant mortality in the nation’s highest risk populations
for adverse outcomes.”

Please join us in urging appropriators to include $128 million in important funding for Healthy Start. To sign the letter, contact Zack Marshall with Congressman Yarmuth at 5-5401 or zack.marshall@mail.house.gov. The
deadline to sign the letter is March 15, 2018.

Sincerely,

John Yarmuth
Member of Congress

Gwen Moore
Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We are respectfully requesting $128 million for the Healthy Start program in the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

As operated by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Healthy Start funds a network of more than 100 community-based programs designed to reduce infant mortality and support disadvantaged pregnant women.
Found in both rural and urban communities, Healthy Start programs work to reduce infant mortality and the incidence of low-birthweight babies, as well as eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes. Healthy Start programs serve pregnant women and their
families by providing case management, home visits, depression screening, health education, outreach, and other effective approaches to ensure the birth of a healthy newborn child.

The existing community-based Healthy Start program has proven to be successful at reducing infant mortality and the number of low-birthweight infants. An assessment of the program by HRSA states, “Healthy Start is successful in reducing infant mortality
in the nation’s highest risk populations for adverse outcomes.”

Continuing this investment in Healthy Start will reduce the immediate federal costs associated with the expensive medical treatments that low-birthweight infants often require, as well as future spending on Medicaid, special education, and a myriad of other
social services that are needed for infants born with special health care needs. Knowing the negative impact of low-birthweight on future academic achievement, Healthy Start is also an integral component of a comprehensive strategy focused on early childhood
education. 

There are many factors we cannot control in determining whether a baby is born healthy. However, we can ensure that the federal government is fully committed to reducing the rates of infant mortality and low-birthweight rates.

Therefore, we respectfully urge you to include $128 million in funding for the Healthy Start program in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, consistent with President Trump’s FY 2018 request.

We appreciate your attention to this request and hope we can count on your continued support. 

Sincerely,

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