Employment/Family Support: House Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave

On May 8, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing titled “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed.” Witnesses were Marisa Howard-Karp, Member, MomsRising; Anthony Sandkamp, Owner, Sandkamp Woodworking; Pronita Gupta, Director of Job Quality, Center for Law and Social Policy; Suzan LeVine, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department; and Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget, and Entitlements, Institute for Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation. Visit the committee website to review testimony and archived video of the hearing.

Family Support: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Introduced in the House and Senate

On April 2, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 (S.995, H.R.2035). This bipartisan bill reauthorizes the Lifespan Respite Care Program through fiscal year 2024. 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.

Family Support: NCAPPS to Host Webinar on Person and Family-Centered Planning for Respite

On April 3, the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) will host a webinar titled Person and Family-Centered Planning for Respite. The webinar will focus on the importance of person and family-centered planning for caregivers. NCAPPS is a new initiative from the Administration for Community Living and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide technical assistance to states, tribes, and territories. Presenters for the webinar will be Shawn Terrell, Administration for Community Living; Alixe Bonardi, Human Services Research Institute; and Bevin Croft, Human Services Research Institute. Register here.

Family Support: Study on Impact of Caregiving on Workforce Released

Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work Project released a new report documenting the near-universal nature of caregiving and the economic impact on companies. The report finds that “helping employees address their personal caregiving obligations is an approach employers almost entirely overlook as a mechanism for maximizing employee productivity and minimizing turnover.” The report provides solutions for employers to address this gap.

Family Support/Employment/Social Security – Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave

On July 11, the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy held a hearing on “Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families.” Witnesses were Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA); Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Andrew Biggs, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Vicki Shabo, Vice President for Workplace Policies and Strategies, National Partnership for Women & Families; and Carolyn O’Boyle, Managing Director, Deloitte Services, LLP. Visit the Committee web site for more information including opening statements, testimony, and archived video of the hearing.

Family Support/Technology – Webinar on AT Resources for Family Caregivers and Respite Care Providers Announced

On July 12, the AT3 Technical Assistance and Training Center will host a webinar titled “Assistive Technology Programs: AT Resources for Family Caregivers and Respite Care Providers.” This webinar will share how caregivers and respite providers can connect and avail themselves of AT Act programs and activities. Presenters will share information about resources for access (resources to find and select AT) and acquisition (resources to obtain needed AT). Presenters will be Rob Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program Manager, Center for Integrated Programs, Office of Consumer Access and Self-Determination, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services; Mary Exline,¬†AT3 Center Director; and others be announced. The webinar will take place from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Register here. Learn more about the webinar here.

Family Support – President Trump Signs RAISE Family Caregivers Act

President Trump signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law on January 22 (P.L. 115-119). The Arc supported this bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act will bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body will then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. Read The Arc’s statement on passage of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act here.

Family Support – RAISE Family Caregivers Act Awaiting President’s Signature

The Senate passed H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act by voice vote on January 8. The Arc supports this bipartisan legislation introduced Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act 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.

Family Support/Employment – Archived Webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle Now Available

The webinar hosted by The Arc in October on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle is now available. Presenters were Kali Grant, the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI); T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc; Erika Hagensen, North Carolina; and Lauren Agoratus, New Jersey. The archived recording can be found here. See the research by The Arc and GCPI highlighting how access to paid leave can promote economic security and stability for people with disabilities and their families here.

Family Support – House Passes RAISE Family Caregivers Act

The House passed H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act by voice vote on December 18, 2017. The Arc supports this bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act 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 measure now goes back to the Senate.