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New Caregiver Stories!

The Caregiver Stories section has been a steady feature on our website. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month and our 40th Anniversary celebration we have many new stories to share with you!

A Legacy of Survival: Part 3 of 3

Legal and funding breakthroughs

There’s an old saying that goes, “As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation.”  Known for its innovation in policy, the Golden State was a pioneer in the field of healthy aging.

A Legacy of Survival: Part 2 of 3

“For the family it becomes a matter of survival.”   — Sue Harris

 

A Legacy of Survival: Part 1 of 3

1970s: Combativeness at home and little help to be found

“Mrs. Bashkiroff, you must realize that society isn’t ready for problems such as yours.”

The psychiatrist’s words enraged Anne Bashkiroff. He was only one of the hundreds of people and agencies she had contacted during the nine years she struggled to care for her husband, Alexander, who was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia in 1969.

Statement on Defeat of the Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal the ACA

The latest effort to repeal the ACA was defeated just as the CBO released its analysis that millions of persons would lose coverage among other deleterious consequences of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Aside from repealing basic healthcare protections, this effort would have had an enormous impact on caregiving families as it severely limited Medicaid services through block grants, and thus would have curtailed community-based services and supports.

Statement on Senate Action on Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Last night, the current version of the Republican-led repeal and replace of the ACA—the Healthcare Freedom Act—failed by a dramatic vote cast by Senator John McCain joining with the stalwart opposition of Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. These three Republican Senators voted with the Democrats to halt efforts to disrupt the current healthcare policies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have extended healthcare and community-based long-term care to millions more Americans.

House-Passed Trumpcare Bill is a Loss for Family Caregivers, Disabled, and Older Americans

It is a sad day indeed that the Republican-led majority in the House of Representatives voted today to pass the American Health Care Act that effectively repeals the Affordable Care Act. This will mean millions of Americans — especially those with pre-existing conditions — will lose their health care insurance. It shreds the Medicaid safety net for millions of frail elders, disabled adults, and special needs children.

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Call it TrumpCare Now: Regulatory Changes Diminish the Affordable Care Act to the Detriment of Family Caregivers

While wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed to get the required votes for passage out of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Trump Administration has issued new regulations that will increase the cost of insurance premiums and make it harder to enroll in coverage in 2018.

Changes to Medicaid: A Bad Deal for Family Caregivers

By Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance


As of this writing, the policy battle over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in Congress. The issue that gets the most coverage at the moment is how big the loss of health insurance coverage for individuals will be under the proposed Republican sponsored American Health Care Act. Just released estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office state that 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage within a decade.

A quick view on technologies for family caregivers

With more than 170 technology accelerator programs in the United States, is it any wonder that professionals and consumers seem overwhelmed with new technology products and services? Media stories, tech demonstrations and presentations at conferences tout the latest idea as the perfect solution for a single older adult living alone or a family caregiver. But when looking up that new product six or 12 months later, one finds it has disappeared because it failed to find an audience or was bought by another company.

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