Tell Your Legislators: Now is the Time to Support Family Caregivers!

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.  The Family Caregiver Tax Credit (House Bill 2608 & Senate Bill 702) would help caregivers in Massachusetts afford the costs of caring for a loved one.

The Family Caregiver Tax Credit has it's first hearing of the legislative session this coming Tuesday, May 14th.  With over 90 Co-sponsors, it's likely that your legislator is already supportive, but we need your help to make sure they voice that support at the hearing!

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. Eligible expenditures for the family caregiver include:

  • Improvement or alteration to the family caregiver’s primary residence to enable the loved one being cared for to remain mobile, safe, and independent in her/his home and community.
  • The purchase or lease of equipment by the family caregiver, as needed to assist the loved one in one or more activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • Other expenses, as incurred by the family caregiver, for equipment or services that help in the care of a loved one, such as hiring a home care aide, costs associated with respite or adult day care, personal care attendant costs, and health care equipment and technology costs associated with caregiving.

Ask your Legislators to voice their support for the Family Caregiver Tax Credit this Tuesday, and help family caregivers who are struggling to keep their loved ones cared for at home. 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask that you voice your support for the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, S.702/H2608 at the Health Care Financing hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th.



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 let the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing know that you support the Caregiver Tax Credit, and caregivers across the Commonwealth.

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