Family Support – House to Vote on RAISE Act

The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Act today. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. It would bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body would then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. The Senate passed the RAISE Act in September. The Arc supports this legislation.

Employment/Family Support – House Holds Hearing on Workforce Leave Policies

On December 6, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing titled “Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families”. Witnesses were Barbara Brickmeier, Vice President for Human Resources and Business Development at IBM, on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Carrie Lukas, President, Independent Women’s Forum; Hans Riemer, President, Montgomery County Council of Maryland; and Angela Schaefer, Vice President, Human Resources, Safety National, on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management. Visit the committee web site for more information and to review opening statements and access archived video of the hearing.

Employment/Family Support – House to Hold Hearing on Workforce Leave Policies

On December 6, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing titled “Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families”. Visit the committee web site for more information or to access live video on the day of the hearing.

Family Support/Employment – The Arc to Host Webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle

People across the United States are talking about the need for paid family and medical leave. New research by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) highlights how access to paid leave can promote economic security and stability for people with disabilities and their families. Join us on Monday, October 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at http://bit.ly/2xrvEQF to learn more! Presenters will include Kali Grant, GCPI; T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc; Erika Hagensen, North Carolina; and Lauren Agoratus, New Jersey.

Family Support/Employment – The Arc to Host Webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle

People across the United States are talking about the need for paid family and medical leave. New research by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) highlights how access to paid leave can promote economic security and stability for people with disabilities and their families. Join us on Monday, October 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at http://bit.ly/2xrvEQF to learn more! Presenters will include Kali Grant, GCPI; T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc; Erika Hagensen, North Carolina; and Lauren Agoratus, New Jersey.

Family Support – RAISE Family Caregivers Act Passes Senate

On September 27, the Senate passed The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act by unanimous consent. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. It would bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body would then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. See the statement from the lead Senate sponsors here. The next step is for the House to pass its version of the bill, H.R. 3759, out of committee. The Arc encourages advocates to ask their representative to join the list of cosponsors.

Family Support – RAISE Family Caregivers Act Introduced in House

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759) was introduced in the House by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) with Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as original cosponsors on September 13. The Arc supports this bill to implement the recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care for the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill would create an advisory body to bring together relevant federal agencies and others from the private and public sectors. The advisory body is charged with identifying specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers. The Senate’s version of the bill (S.1028) was passed by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in May by unanimous voice vote.

Employment/Family Support – The Arc Releases Report, Video on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Last week, The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality released a first of its kind paper outlining why paid family and medical leave is a necessity for the economic security and stability of people with disabilities and their families.

The Arc also released a video featuring one family’s paid leave story, and a set of stories profiling several workers whose paid leave stories highlight the disability perspective.

Learn more at: http://www.thearc.org/paidleave.

Family Support – Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Bills Introduced

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2535) on May 18, 2017. The companion bill (S. 1188) was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) the same day. The Lifespan Respite Care Program, through grants to states, helps build coordinated state lifespan respite systems, helps family caregivers pay for respite or find funding sources, encourages development of new and innovative community and faith based respite opportunities, and trains respite workers and volunteers. The Arc supports this legislation that would reauthorize the program through 2022 at an authorization level of $75 million over five years ($15 million each year).

Family Support – Caregiver Strategy Bill Passed by Senate Committee

On May 11, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committeepassed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028) by unanimous voice vote. This bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). The Arc supports this bill to implement the recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care for the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill would create an advisory body to bring together relevant federal agencies and others from the private and public sectors. The advisory body is charged with identifying specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.