Sending Office: Honorable David J. Trone
Sent By:
Jessica.Semachko@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor H.R. 5249,
Supporting Healthy Mothers and Infants Act

Supporting organizations include: National WIC Association, 1,000 Days, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Association of State Public Health Nutritionists,
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurse, Coalition on Human Needs, First Focus Campaign for Children, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Friends Committee on National Legislation, March of Dimes, MomsRising, National Advocacy Center
of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, National Association of Counties, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Nurse-Family Partnership, RESULTS, Share Our Strength, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, The Arc of the United States, Trust for America’s
Health, ZERO TO THREE

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join us as a cosponsor of the Supporting Healthy Mothers and Infants Act, a bill to strengthen the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to meet the unique nutritional needs of families affected by opioid use.
Since 2002, there has been a five-fold increase in instances of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which caucus babies a number of difficult symptoms associated with withdrawal from opioids in the days after birth.

WIC serves nearly two million infants each year. The program is uniquely positioned to counsel pregnant and postpartum women on the impact of opioid use on infant growth and development, refer mothers who may be struggling with substance use disorder to
appropriate services, and support the unique nutritional needs of infants screened for NAS.

Every 15 minutes, a baby is born suffering from NAS. We must ensure that all infants and their caregivers receive the care and support they need, which is why we introduced H.R. 5249. This bipartisan legislation would:

  • Remove stigmatizing language in the Child Nutrition Act related to substance use disorder;
  • Instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Agriculture to collaborate in the development of evidence-based nutrition education materials for WIC-eligible pregnant women and caregivers to infants impacted by NAS;  
  • Ensure WIC conducts outreach to those who may be eligible for the program and are impacted by substance use disorder;
  • Make any nutrition education and training materials developed available to state agencies through an online clearinghouse;
     

To co-sponsor the Supporting Healthy Mothers and Infants Act, please contact
Jessica Semachko in Rep. Trone’s office (5-2721, jessica.semachko@mail.house.gov), Nick Rockwell in Rep Thompson’s office (5-5121,
nick.rockwell@mail.house.gov), Marisa Salemme in Rep. Kuster’s office (5-5206,
Marisa.Salemme@mail.house.gov), or Katherine Fleming in Rep. Guthrie’s office (5-3501,
Katherine.Fleming@mail.house.gov)

 

Sincerely,

 

David J. Trone                     Ann McLane Kuster                     Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson                   Brett Guthrie

 

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