The importance of family caregivers – including siblings – has been gaining more attention on Capitol Hill. In 2015, bipartisan members of Congress created the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus. Later that year, Senators Baldwin (D-WI) and Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Harper (R-MS) and Castor (D-FL) introduced the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.
The RAISE Act would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy to support family caregivers. The strategy would be developed with family caregivers, people with disabilities, older people, and health care providers, among others. The strategy would identify specific actions that the government, communities, providers, employers and others can do to support family caregivers.
The RAISE Act has passed the Senate, but still needs to pass the House of Representatives. To get in touch with your Representative, enter your zip code at www.house.gov and send an email (all offices have an online web form) or call this toll free number 1-844-259-9351 which will connect you to your member’s office. Either way urge your member of Congress to pass the RAISE Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3099). The best messages to Congress identify yourself as a constituent and why explain why you support the RAISE Act.