April 11, 2007
Contact: Bonnie Lawrence
(415) 434-3388, ext. 312
blawrence (at) caregiver.org
M E D I A A D V I S O R Y
New Database Tracks State & National
Legislation on Caregiving
SAN FRANCISCO (April 11, 2007)––A new searchable online database of caregiving-related legislation is available at www.caregiver.org. Developed by the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), the database will be updated monthly.
The resource includes all federal and state legislation related to family caregiving introduced between 2004 and 2006.
Bills can be searched by state or according to the policy strategy used to support family caregivers, such as tax incentives, Medicaid policies, and respite assistance.
More than 100 bills with provisions to help family caregivers were intro-
duced at the federal and state levels in the last three years. Five of the 26 federal bills introduced in the 109th Congress (2005-2006) were enacted into law. Out of the 32 states that introduced 78 caregiving bills between 2004 and 2006, one out of four states (13) enacted 16 bills
Click here to visit the Federal and State Legislation section of
Click here to read a Summary of Bills from 2004-2006.
To keep abreast on current federal and state caregiving leg-
islation and innovative programs, FCA's bi-weekly e-newsletter,
Caregiving PolicyDigest also offers a summary of the complex, rapidly changing environment of caregiving. There is no charge to subscribe.
The oldest community-based caregiver organization in the nation, Family Caregiver Alliance is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. Uniting research, policy and practice, the nonprofit agency’s pioneering programs support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance, established in 2001, works to advance the development of high-quality, cost effective programs and policies for caregivers in every state in the country. Visit www.caregiver.org or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.
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