Friday, January 26, 2018

RAISE Family Caregivers Act signed into federal law

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act was signed by President Trump on 1/24/18. The Act, a bipartisan effort supported by AARP, requires the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create an advisory council charged with making recommendations toward development of a national strategy for ways government, communities, healthcare providers, and employers to support family caregivers.

The Goals of this National Family Caregiving Strategy include:

  • Promoting greater adoption of person-centered care and family-centered care in health settings and long-term care settings
  • Training for family caregivers
  • Respite options for family caregivers
  • Ways to increase financial security for family caregivers
  • Workplace policies to help family caregivers keep working
  • Collecting and sharing of information about innovative family caregiving models
  • Assessing federal programs around family caregiving
  • Addressing disparities and meeting the needs of the diverse caregiving population

For more information about the passage of the legislation and for the text of the Act see www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3759

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