Representatives Mikie (Michelle) Sherrill (D-NJ) and Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced the Family-to-Family Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 2822), which will extend funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) for an additional five years, through federal FY 2024, at the current funding level of $6 million per year for the 59 program sites. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the F2F program and many other health programs.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Supporting Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Act (S.1647), which will also extend funding for the F2F grant program through federal FY 2024 at the current $6 million funding level. The Finance Committee has jurisdiction over the F2F program in the Senate. Senator Grassley is the chairman of that committee and Senator Menendez is a long-time committee member.
The legislation is needed for continuation of the F2F program beyond the end of the current federal fiscal year (FY 2019). Family Voices is encouraging other Members of the House and Senate to cosponsor these bills.