- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is receiving $10.4 million for a program that provides support to pregnant women and young children.

The funding announced Thursday by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell is for the Home Visiting Program. The funding will be used to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy.

The Home Visiting Program serves counties with high poverty and infant mortality rates and a high rate of teen birth rates, among other factors.

Nationally, more than 1.4 million home visits have been conducted through the Home Visiting Program.

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