Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded $27 million to support pregnant and parenting teens and women in states and tribes across the country. Of the funds, $24 million was awarded to 17 states and tribes through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, created by the Affordable Care Act. Another $3 million in Affordable Care Act funds was awarded to 13 tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations through the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program.
“These programs provide states and tribes much needed assistance to support vulnerable teens and women who are pregnant and parenting,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “With this funding, states will link these families to health, education, child care, and other supports that can help brighten the futures of parents and their children.”