RAISE act passes the Senate!

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on January 10, 2018 # Advocacy and Policy

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is pleased to report that on January 8, 2018, the Senate passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. The Foundation, which has advocated passage of this bill over the past two years, commends this effort in support of caregivers, including those who care for those living with paralysis. The bill is now on its way to the President where it is expected to be signed.

The goal of the RAISE Act is to identify specific actions that providers, government officials, employers, and others can take to recognize and support the unique needs of caregivers that are often forgotten or overlooked. It does this by directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a national family caregiver strategy by bringing together federal agencies and representatives from the private and public sectors (like family caregivers, persons with disabilities, health care providers, employers and state and local officials) in public advisory council meetings designed to make recommendations. The agency will have 18 months to develop its initial strategy, and must subsequently provide annual updates.

Thanks to you and your voice, we are celebrating a tremendous victory for family caregivers who provide critical support to enhance the health, care, and independence of their loved ones. We will post updates on the Reeve Foundation site and social media accounts as this bill is implemented.

This bipartisan measure was sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.).

Learn more about the RAISE Act

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