Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AARP launches state legislative campaign for caregivers

Via AARP:

AARP recently launched a new multi-state caregiving advocacy campaign, with nearly every AARP State Office involved.  Working with governors, state legislators, other policymakers and community partners, we’re determined to advance policy options that will help family caregivers.  Two significant components of the campaign are:

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.

10 AARP State Offices are working to pass CARE Act  through state legislation and/or regulation this year, with Oklahoma and Hawaii leading the way.

  • In Oklahoma SB 1536 – the Oklahoma version of the CARE Act – just passed the Senate and will be heard in the House soon.    Meanwhile, Governor Mary Fallin declared this month as “February Caregiver Month” to   honor the state’s 600,000 family caregivers.
  • AARP Hawaii, is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass Senate Bill 2264, the Hawaii equivalent of the CARE Act.  AARP members in Hawaii are now contacting members of the committee asking them to support the 169,000 family caregivers in the state by passing Senate Bill 2264.

By passing the CARE Act these states will ensure that:

  • The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
  • The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  • The facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks – such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers – that the family caregiver will perform at home.

For more on AARP’s advocacy: AARP Announces 2014 Advocacy Agenda: Across the States.

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