Congress Passes Bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028/H.R. 3759) recently passed through Congress (the House on December 18 and the Senate on January 9), and is now headed to the President for his signature. ElevatingHOME engaged in this advocacy effort as part of the overall strategy to support and advocate for family caregivers. 
 
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain, and update a strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. The act will bring together representatives from the private and public sectors, such as family caregivers, older adults and persons with disabilities, veterans, providers of health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS), employers, and state and local officials to make recommendations regarding this new strategy. These advisory council meetings are open to the public, and there will be opportunities for public input. 
 
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act strategy will identify actions that communities, providers, government, and others should take to recognize and support family caregivers, including:
  • Promoting greater adoption of person- and family-centered care in all health and LTSS settings, with the person and the family caregiver (as appropriate) at the center of care teams
  • Assessment and service planning (including care transitions and coordination) involving care recipients and family caregivers
  • Information, education, training supports, referral, and care coordination
  • Respite options, and
  • Addressing financial security and workplace issues.
The development of the initial strategy will take up to 18 months, followed by updates biennially. The act will improve the collection and sharing of information, including information related to evidence-based or promising practices and innovative models regarding family caregiving. It will also help to avoid unnecessary duplication of existing federal government activities to recognize and support family caregivers, and inform state and local efforts to support family caregivers.

Contact Joy Cameron with any questions.