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February 2011Vol. 12, No. 1Affordable Care Act Supports Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Women

The Affordable Care Act includes funding to support State and Tribal programs for pregnant and parenting teens and women. On September 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $27 million to these programs in two areas:

  • Through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, $24 million was awarded to 17 States and Tribes for such services as education, health care, child care, family housing, and the prevention of violence against pregnant and parenting women.
  • Another $3 million was awarded in 13 grants to Tribes through the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program to help Tribes establish evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk families.

To read the HHS press release on the Affordable Care Act funds, visit:

To read the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) press release about funding Tribal home visiting programs, visit:

To see a full list of the 13 Tribal grantees and abstracts of their proposed projects, visit:

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