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Associations Advocating for Family Caregivers

How can family caregivers get their message for “needed support” across to U.S. policymakers at the federal, state, and local government levels?

(1) By working with advocacy groups

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) a leading advocacy group for family caregivers.

National Alliance for  Caregiving (NAC) offers a weekly e-mail updating service with news of interest to caregivers and human services professionals.

AARP offers a caregiving website with many planning resources and sponsors a series of Careversation support groups.

Broward County (FL) Margate Catherine Young Library is hosting an AARP Careversation meeting on Saturday, October 7 at 11:30am and 2:30pm in the Auditorium.  These AARP events are open to everyone regardless of membership.
To register for one of the Careversation meetings, call AARP at– 1-866-740-6947.

 

(2) By contacting your state and federal legislators about new bills in Congress or important programs affected by the federal budget

Care Corps Demonstration Act (H.R. 3494 legislation was introduced July 27, 2017 by U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL).) The Care Corps Demonstration Act will place volunteers in communities to work with seniors and individuals with disabilities who need extra support to live independently. In exchange, volunteers will receive health insurance and other benefits, such as tuition assistance.

RAISE Family Caregivers Act of 2017 (S.1028 legislation reintroduced May 3, 2017 by Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) to develop a national strategy to support family caregivers.)  An advisory agency with representatives from the public and private sectors will be formed to make recommendations and to identify specific actions for government, local communities, employers, and service providers.  The intent is to support and recognize family caregivers with recommendations and specific activities updated on an annual basis.

Caring for Credit Act of 2017 (H.R.2505 introduced May 17, 2017 by Representatives Tom Reed II (NY) and Linda Sanches (CA).) This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow an eligible caregiver a new tax credit for 30% of the cost of long-term care expenses that exceed $2,000, up to $3,000 in a taxable year.  The bill defines “eligible caregiver” as an individual who has earned income for the taxable year in excess of $7,500 and pays or incurs expenses for providing care to a spouse or other dependent relative with long-term care needs.

Medicaid Program (Funding by state and U.S. federal government for health services provided to low-income pregnant women and children, the elderly, and disabled individuals. Medicaid covers 69 million persons as of May 2017 and one in six nursing home residents according data from the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation.)

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