New grants for O-Care's home-visit parenting program

Federal health officials are distributing more funds for an ObamaCare program designed to improve parenting and connect at-risk families with social services through home visits.

State-based agencies involved in the program will receive roughly $107 million in grant funding this fiscal year to expand services for pregnant women and parents with children up to age 5, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday.

"These awards allow states to reach more parents and families in an effort to improve children’s health while at the same time building essential supports within their communities," said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary Wakefield in a statement.

A description of the Home Visiting program said it helps to prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage positive parenting and promote children's readiness for school.

Monday's awards ranged from nearly $12 million for the California Department of Public Health to $1 million for less populous states like Alaska and Montana.
The HRSA and HHS's Administration for Children and Families jointly administer the program.