Minnesota's Caregivers Need Paid Family and Medical Leave

An army of 600,000 family caregivers in Minnesota provide unpaid care for a loved one. These caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system but their caregiving too often stresses their health and financial well-being.

As the population ages, more working caregivers will need to take time away from work to care for their loved ones. Paid family and medical leave policies provide them with much needed economic security, allowing them to stay in the workforce while caring for those they love.

Minnesota's working family caregivers are waiting. Will you show your support? 

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Family Caregivers Need Paid Family and Medical Leave

Dear [Decision Maker],

Family caregivers are the backbone of Minnesota's long-term care system. Nearly 600,000 family caregivers provide care for older Minnesotans making it possible for them to live independently at home, saving Minnesota $7.8 billion every year.

In 2030, the number of people over age 65 will double, making family caregivers even more important. Yet workplace policies and supports have not kept up with these changing demographics. As a result, too many family caregivers are forced to make a tough decision - care for a loved one or go without pay.

Lawmakers have an opportunity to help working family caregivers. The Minnesota Paid Family and Medical Leave Act would ensure financial security for family caregivers by providing up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement during leave for pregnancy and medical leave and 12 weeks of partial wage replacement for care of a seriously ill family member.



As Minnesota's population ages, the demands on the citizens of our state will continue to grow. Creating flexibility and financial security for family caregivers is an investment not only for the hundreds of thousands providing care today but for the millions of Minnesota caregivers in the years to come.

Sincerely,
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