- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has been awarded more than $10.2 million in federal funding for a home visiting program to help at-risk families.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the funding Friday for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

The program was created as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Nurses, social workers and trained parent educators visit young mothers, mothers with mental health issues, the poor, families at risk for domestic or substance abuse, the unemployed and others.

The Rhode Island Department of Health oversees the visits.

Reed says the funding helps expectant mothers, new parents and their babies get off to a healthier start. He says Congress must act to prevent the program from expiring next month.

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