Bipartisan bill would aid family caregivers

A bill backed by two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and AARP also has the support of Republican Congressman Tom Reed. Reed, of Corning, whose district includes part of the Finger Lakes region and Ontario County, announced he is behind a bill to support family caregivers.

“Forty million Americans provide unpaid care to a friend or relative with a long-term illness or medical condition, often juggling this work with other obligations resulting in a significant financial burden,” stated Reed. “We all care about ensuring our aging loved ones get the assistance they deserve and want to ensure any financial pain put upon caregivers (is) eased.”

In the Senate, co-sponsors of the bill are Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Maine. Reed is introducing a similar bill in the House along with Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-California.

Regarding the bill, called the Credit for Caring Act, AARP stated it “appreciates the bipartisan leadership of the bill’s Senate and House sponsors to support family caregivers.”

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