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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.

A Complex Web: Family Caregiving and Healthcare

[Editor's note: This blog was originally posted on the the Atlas of Caregiving website on June 2, 2016. The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot is a partner project of Family Caregiver Alliance.

Atlas of Caregiving Pilot Study: What We’ve Learned

[Editor's note: This blog was originally posted on the the Atlas of Caregiving website on May 9, 2016. The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot is a partner project of Family Caregiver Alliance.

What Is Palliative Care and Is It Right for Your Family?

[Note: The following FCA Blog post was originally published in 2012. After sharing a recent article from The New York Times—“In Palliative Care, Comfort Is the Top Priority”—on FCA's Facebook page we decided to revisit this post.]


How to let go when a loved one is dying

Advance care planning is essential to improving the quality of end-of-life care. This month (January 2016) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) begin reimbursing physicians of Medicare beneficiaries for the time taken to have advance care planning conversations with patients. Private insurers may well follow suit. When the healthcare team works in concert with the care receiver and caregiver to have honest, thoughtful conversations, it removes barriers for life time remaining wishes to be heard and honored.

Receta para los Cuidadores en estas Fiestas | Holiday Recipe for Caregivers

Ingredientes para una grata temporada de fiestas y un año nuevo agradable y lleno de paz:

Dos cucharaditas de cuidado propio
Durante esta temporada en la que los compromisos e invitaciones a eventos aumentan, recuerde agregar su nombre a la lista de regalos. Haga algo placentero por usted—regálese un masaje, una manicura, un café con amigos o un largo baño de burbujas.

Not a Jolly Holiday? Use this Guide to Find Gratitude in the Season

Navigating through a jolly holiday season and wishing for a wonderful new year when caring for someone with a chronic, debilitating health condition might have you thinking, “This is no holiday!” But we keep hearing that expressing thanks can lead to a healthier, happier, and less-stressed life. Noted expert Robert Emmons defines gratitude in part as, “… an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles.