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Caregiving Demonstration Legislation Introduced in Senate

The Care Corps Demonstration Act, a bipartisan effort to place volunteers in communities where they will provide non-medical caregiving assistance to older adults and people with disabilities who need extra support to live independently, has been introduced in the Senate as S. 3608. The legislation would allow AAAs and other community-based organizations to create demonstration programs that build and strengthen the caregiver volunteer workforce.

The legislation would allow volunteers to receive health insurance and other benefits throughout the length of their service, along with an educational award that could be used to pay for future education costs or loans.

n4a endorsed an initial $5 million investment for these demonstration programs, which was approved in the recent FY 2019 funding bill. However, congressional champions are pushing to approve legislation that would fully authorize the program. Advocates are aiming to pass this legislation in a possible lame-duck legislative package, but it is likely that this effort will continue into the next Congress.

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