Levin Bill to Provide Targeted Support to Family Caregivers Passes House

October 28, 2019
Press Release
The Supporting Family Caregivers Act would help identify the specific needs of family caregivers to improve the resources available to them.

A bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, to better tailor support for family members who provide in-home care to loved ones passed the House of Representatives today.

Levin’s bill was included as part of the Dignity in Aging Act, a bipartisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act that provides aging Americans the support they need to age independently and with dignity.

“By protecting the health and wellbeing of caregivers, we’re also supporting the people they care for,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “To optimize the resources available to caregivers, we need to better understand their specific needs. Today, the House took a step toward giving caregivers better support so they can do the essential work of keeping our loved ones healthy. They feed, bathe, dress and manage the health of older and sick family members, and family members with disabilities—the least we can do is help them provide care.

“I am so pleased to see the House take a needed step toward more person- and family-centered care. I am grateful to my partner on this bill, Congresswoman Stefanik, as well as Chairman Bobby Scott, Ranking Member Virginia Foxx and Dignity in Aging Act sponsor Suzanne Bonamici for their support.”

The bill was co-authored by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21).

There are 40 million family caregivers nationwide. The care they provide allows families to avoid expensive hospitalization and assisted living facilities, and preserves the freedom and personal wellbeing of sick and older Americans.

The Supporting Family Caregivers Act encourages the use of assessments to identify caregivers’ individual needs and challenges, thereby allowing services to be targeted to each person more effectively and efficiently. Although resources are currently available to family caregivers, direct feedback through assessments would improve the quality of the support they receive. Protecting the personal health and wellbeing of caregivers allows them to better care for their loved ones and ensures the best possible outcomes for older and sick family members.