H.R.5249: Supporting Healthy Mothers and Infants Act of 2019

Overview

Supporting Healthy Mothers and Infants Act (H.R. 5249) would make a series of reforms Child Nutrition Act and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

● Remove the stigmatizing language in the related to substance use disorder
● Instruct the HHS and USDA Secretaries to collaborate in the development of evidence-based nutrition education materials for WIC-eligible pregnant women and caregivers to infants impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
● 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.

The bill appropriates $1 billion in 2020 to carry out these goals.

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Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.5249

Date Introduced

November 21, 2019

Committee

House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled