Cambia Applauds Passage of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

January 11, 2018

This week Congress passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act in support of family caregivers.

About 40 million Americans are serving as family caregivers with little or no training while trying to navigate a complex health system. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the number of family caregivers will continue to grow.

Family caregivers prepare meals, manage medications, help with bathing and dressing, arrange transportation to medical appointments, and handle financial and legal matters. The value of their unpaid work is estimated at $470 million a year yet they are all too often an invisible part of the health care system.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act aims to change that. The bipartisan legislation calls for a national strategy to address the often-overlooked needs of family caregivers.

Among the issues that the strategy would address are expanded person- and family-centered care, training and respite services for family caregivers, policies to help support caregivers at work, enhanced financial security for caregivers, and shared information about innovative caregiving models.  

Cambia is dedicated to improving the social and economic health of our communities and applauds the recent passage of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act.

“Our company has advocated for this legislation for some time now and we’re grateful to see it pass,” said Sean Robbins, Cambia’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy. “There are few jobs more important than caring for our aging parents and sick children.”

Cambia collaborated with AARP and others to bolster bipartisan support and advance the bill. Cambia also provides support for employees with caregiving responsibilities including palliative care benefits, planning information and an employee resource group. 

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act was spearheaded in the U.S. Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). They were supported by a broad bipartisan coalition of co-sponsors from Cambia states including: 




Rep. Mike Simpson (R)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D)

Rep. Greg Walden (R)

Suzanne Bonamici (D)

Peter DeFazio (D)

Rep. Adam Smith (D)

Rep. Denny Heck (D)

Rep. Derek Kilmer

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is now on its way to the White House for the president’s signature.

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