50+ Organizations Urge U.S. House to Pass RAISE Act Now

Now that our congressional representatives have returned to Washington, it’s time for them to take action to help America’s greatest support system — our family caregivers.

AARP is joining with more than 50 organizations to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the RAISE Act — bipartisan, commonsense legislation that would bring together a range of stakeholders to help identify actions that will recognize and support America’s 40 million family caregivers.

Find out if your U.S. representative has cosponsored the RAISE Act.

To show our unified support for those caring for a family member, neighbor or friend who has limitations in everyday activities, we delivered a joint letter to Capitol Hill. You can read the text of the letter below.

We add our voices to the thousands of constituents who have contacted their U.S. representatives directly, sharing with them why the RAISE Act is important to families and urging them to pass the bill NOW.

Urge YOUR U.S. representative to pass the RAISE Act now.  Call 844-259-9351 toll-free or click here.

September 6, 2016

Chairman John Kline                                                     Ranking Member Robert C. Scott
Committee on Education & the Workforce               Committee on Education & the Workforce
2176 Rayburn House Office Building                          2101 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515                                                  Washington, DC  20515

Dear Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Scott:

We, the undersigned groups, write in support of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. This bipartisan legislation was passed unanimously by the Senate last December, and has been referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. We urge the House of Representatives, facing a short legislative calendar the remainder of this year, to make this bill a priority and take prompt action on this important legislation.

Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country. They help make it possible for older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans to live independently in their homes and communities. In 2013, about 40 million family caregivers provided unpaid care valued at about $470 billion to adults who needed help with daily activities, more than total Medicaid spending that year. About 3.7 million family caregivers provide care to a child under age 18 because of a medical, behavioral, or other condition or disability. Our country relies on the contributions family caregivers make and should recognize and support them. By supporting family caregivers, we can help people live at home where they want to be, helping to delay or prevent more costly care and unnecessary hospitalizations, saving taxpayer dollars.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act (S. 1719/H.R. 3099) would implement the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s bipartisan recommendation that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill would create an advisory body to bring together members of the private and public sectors to advise and make recommendations. The strategy would identify specific actions that communities, providers, employers, government, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.

We urge you to support passage of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act in September. This bill is a commonsense step to help support family caregivers nationwide. We are committed to working with you to pass and enact this important bipartisan legislation as soon as possible this year.

Sincerely,


AARP

Advance CLASS

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association on Health and Disability

American Geriatrics Society

American Health Care Association

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

American Society on Aging

America’s Health Insurance Plans

Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Autism Society

Autism Speaks

Caregiver Action Network

Caring Across Generations

Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Easterseals

Family Caregiver Alliance

Genworth Financial

The Jewish Federations of North America

Justice in Aging

Lakeshore Foundation

LeadingAge

Lutheran Services in America

Lutheran Services in America Disability Network

Medicare Rights Center

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

National Center for Assisted Living

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Council on Aging

National Hispanic Council on Aging

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

National Respite Coalition

Oral Health America (OHA)

OWL-The Voice of Women 40+

Paralyzed Veterans of America

PHI

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, GSW

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

The Arc

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation

cc:  Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce   
       The Honorable Paul Ryan  
       The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 
       The Honorable Kevin McCarthy 
       The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Read family caregivers’ stories, from every U.S. state,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands here.

 




Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer and executive vice president of AARP for community, state and national affairs, leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP’s social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

You can follow her on Twitter @NancyLeaMond.

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