Levin, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Targeted Support to Family Caregivers

July 16, 2019
Press Release
The Supporting Family Caregivers Act would help identify the specific needs of family caregivers to improve the resources available to them.

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) today introduced bipartisan legislation to better tailor support for family members who provide in-home care to loved ones. There are 40 million family caregivers nationwide. This care allows families to avoid expensive hospitalization and assisted living facilities, and preserves the freedom and personal wellbeing of sick and older Americans.

“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. That’s why I’m proud to join Congresswoman Stefanik in introducing a bipartisan bill to learn how we can improve the resources made available to caregivers. 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.”

“Family and friends play a critical role in managing the health and wellness of their aging and sick loved ones, yet the evolving demands of providing care presents a significant challenge that can impact the wellbeing of caregivers,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Through the use of individual needs assessments, this bipartisan legislation will give family caregivers the personalized support they need to provide high-quality care to their family members, while enhancing the coordination of available resources.” 

“AARP is pleased to endorse the Supporting Family Caregivers Act and appreciates the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Andy Levin and Elise Stefanik in support of family caregivers,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer. “The Supporting Family Caregivers Act would build on the successes of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) by taking steps to better understand the unique circumstances of each family so when the caregiver turns to NFCSP for help they can receive the support services that are most beneficial to them. We look forward to working with the bill's sponsors and Congress to advance this important legislation.” 

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.