Washington, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance Representative Mikie Sherrill’s (NJ-11) bipartisan legislation, introduced with Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), to reauthorize the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) program. Sherrill’s bill will be included in H.R. 2328, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act of 2019. These family-staffed centers provide guidance and support to families of children with special healthcare needs. F2F HICs help families access information about the healthcare resources, treatments, and services available for their children.
“Family-to-Family health information centers provide families of children with special healthcare needs with the tools and assistance necessary to effectively navigate our nation’s complex health care system,” said Representative Sherrill. “These centers provide invaluable support to children and families in New Jersey and across the country. I am pleased that both Democrats and Republicans recognize the value of this program and voted to move it one step closer to reauthorization.”
The F2F HIC in New Jersey has helped families across New Jersey, including in Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties, obtain health resources and access care. F2Fs HICs are staffed by highly-skilled, knowledgeable caregivers who have first-hand experience and understanding of the challenges faced by families of children with complex health needs. These uniquely qualified staff provide critical support to families caring for children with special health needs, particularly families from diverse communities. F2F HICs provide families with the information, skills, and confidence they need to support and advocate for their children. Last year F2F HICs, which are in every state and the District of Columbia, have provided information to close to one million families.