U.S. House of Representatives Passes RAISE Family Caregivers Act


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Thank You For Sponsoring the RAISE Family Caregivers Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am delighted that the RAISE Family Caregivers Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Thank you for being a co-sponsor. Your leadership on this legislation shows your commitment to Mississippi's more than 500,000 family caregivers.

As you know, family caregivers help with a multitude of tasks, including bathing, dressing, transportation, feeding, managing medications and appointments, and managing finances. In Mississippi, the combined value of unpaid care is $5.3 billion. Family caregivers face physical, emotional, and financial challenges. They commonly experience emotional strain and mental health problems, especially depression, and have poorer physical health than non-caregivers. Many generally do not receive training and other assistance to help them provide care. Too often family caregivers aren't even recognized and included, as appropriate, by health care and social service providers helping their loved ones.

That's why the RAISE Family Caregivers Act is so important. It will bring together all of the key stakeholders for input on how to help family caregivers. It would require the development, maintenance, and updating of a strategy to recognize and support family caregivers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. The bill will bring together representatives of the private and public sectors, such as family caregivers, older adults and persons with disabilities, veterans, health care and long-term services and supports providers, employers, state and local officials, and others on an advisory council to make recommendations for a strategy.

This legislation will have a positive impact on Mississippi's family caregivers and caregivers throughout the country. Thank you again for your leadership in sponsoring the RAISE Family Caregivers Act.

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