FCA Blog

What the Upcoming Budget Deal Could Mean for Family Caregivers

PolicyDigest last week discussed the “Super-Committee” and the upcoming budget negotiations that will ensue as 12 senators and representatives attempt to trim roughly $1.2 trillion from the federal budget deficit over the next ten years.

Why We Need Community Living Assistance Services & Supports (CLASS)

Staff from our organization, Family Caregiver Alliance, speak with family caregivers every day through our national information and referral hotline. These caregivers are often facing enormous financial difficulties. For example, adult children who are caring for parents with Alzheimer’s, especially in its advanced stages, find that keeping a job and being a caregiver is nearly impossible.

VA on the Road to System Transformation

On May 9, the VA will open the application process for eligible post-9/11 Veterans and Service Members to designate their Family Caregivers who will be eligible to receive a host of benefits.  Benefits for the family caregiver may include a stipend, mental health services, access to health care insurance (if not already covered under a plan), care training and medical support.  These enhanced benefits represent the implementation of the “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010”, Title I, Caregiver Support, Section 101: Assistance and Support Services for Caregivers” pass

Will Community Supports for Family Caregivers Survive?

Editor's note (Feb. 2, 2012): There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

April 7, 2011

FCA's Best of Awards for 2010

How good was 2010 to family caregivers? Well if you factored out the protracted budget crisis in the states, it was a pretty good year. Two landmark pieces of legislation set the pace: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.  We have also gathered other noteworthy developments in our report: "Family Caregiving 2010: Year in Review."

State Policy Recommendations for Caregivers

I had the pleasure of addressing the California Commission on Aging last week during their public hearing on “Celebrating Caregiving in California”. I was asked to provide the historical background on caregiving in my home state and look at the future in terms of policy directions. I would like to share some of these thoughts with you.

On the future of caregiver support, it may well be summed up in three words: integration, consumer-driven and outcomes.

States, Counties and Cities: The Long Road to Recovery

As the negative economic news continues, what are we to make of the prolonged recession that has already changed the service landscape for caregiving families? Difficult debate and hard decisions are underway at every level of government from federal, state, county to city levels.

Baby Boomer Caregiver Use of Technologies and Social Media Increasing

Yesterday, January 10th, two studies were released that examined the role of technology and family caregiving. The studies, “Home Tweet Home: The Age Lesson Boomer Social Media Study” (Age Lessons) and “e-Connected Family Caregivers: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century” (UnitedHealthcare, National Alliance for Caregiving) looked at how caregivers look at social media and caregiver receptivity to technologies.

CA Proposed Budget: Sweeping Cuts in Support Services

Editor's note (February 9, 2012): There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers for Governor Brown's proposed FY 2012-13 budget. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

Funding for Additional Caregiver Support is Scuttled by Congress

In the August 11, 2010 edition of PolicyDigest, Family Caregiver Alliance alerted our readers that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved its spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services with a number of provisions benefitting family caregivers. As part of Vice-President Biden’s Caregiver Initiative, an additional $104.5 million was appropriated to support family caregivers through this legislation.

The additional funding was projected to provide:

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