Tell Your Legislators: Don't Leave Family Caregivers Out!

Caregiver

The average family caregiver spends almost $7,000 a year out-of-pocket to help care for their loved ones, which amounts, on average, to 20% of their total income.  

Amendment 148 would include the Family Caregiver Tax Credit in the major Healthcare legislation up for debate this coming Tuesday, June 19th in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  This tax credit would reimburse family members for a portion of what they spend caring for adult family members who need assistance with activities of daily living. The language was originally filed as a bill by the late Representative Chris Walsh of Framingham.  His commitment to supporting family caregivers was critical to the passage of the CARE Act in 2016 and it continued during this legislative session with financial support for family caregivers through a tax credit.  We are thankful that Representative Jay Kaufman of Lexington has agreed to sponsor this amendment in Representative Walsh’s absence

Ask your Representative to support Amendment 148 to House Bill 4617, and help family caregivers who are struggling to keep thier loved ones cared for at home. 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to request your support for Amendment 148 to House bill 4617, establishing the Family Caregiver Tax Credit.

A recent study by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that the average family caregiver spends almost $7,000 a year out-of-pocket to help care for their loved ones, which amounts to, on average, 20% of their total income. This out-of-pocket spending helps keep people living in their homes and communities, rather than in expensive nursing homes.

The Family Caregiver Tax Credit would reimburse family members for a portion of qualified expenses related to caring for adult family members who need assistance with activities of daily living, up to a cap of $1,500.






The care provided by the over 844,000 caregivers in Massachusetts helps prevent nursing home admissions, and allows residents of the Commonwealth to age in their homes and communities. Please support family caregivers by supporting Amendment 148.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]