Day 23: Life After Caregiving – Ireland’s Experience

November 20, 2011

By Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland

While there has been significant progress made in the past 20 years in the provision of state supports for caregivers in Ireland, we know little about the experiences of caregivers after their caring has ceased or changed in nature.

A recent report from Ireland on the [...]

Day 19: The Imperative for Caregivers to Speak Out and Help Shape Policy

November 19, 2011

By Debra Ness, Leader, Campaign for Better Care and President, National Partnership for Women & Families

Too often, being a family caregiver is like running an obstacle course: carrying medical records from doctor to doctor, carving out time to attend medical appointments and trying to be sure that you fully understand your loved [...]

Day 12: Caregiving in the LGBT Community

November 12, 2011

By Scott French, SAGECAP Program Manager (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) CAP (Caring and Preparing)

Caregiving takes many forms. While we might think of caregivers as paid aides, in reality, the majority of caregiving in the U.S. is provided by informal caregivers, usually a spouse or child. In the [...]

Day 5: Wait Lists in Medicaid

November 5, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

While researching services for a caregiver in Florida, I stumbled upon Arc Florida’s webpage, and a section entitled “Wanting to Move to Florida?” that cautions people:

If you live elsewhere and are receiving Medicaid Waiver services, your waiver services will NOT transfer to Florida.  You will still [...]

30 Days of Caregiving

November 1, 2011

By Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

In honor of National Family Caregiver Month in November, we decided to feature a different perspective each day for the entire month this year. 30 days, 30 stories. Some of the topics are practical with a focus on care, some are about policy and [...]

With CLASS Potentially Shelved, Is it back to the Status Quo?

The planning and development process for CLASS, the Community Living Assistance and Support Program, may be either shelved or put on “pause” according to several media reports. Forbes reports that the chief actuary behind the planning of CLASS, Bob Yee, emailed his co-workers to say he was leaving because the entire CLASS staff is [...]

Are Family Caregivers Worth Less?

Editor’s Note: According to the Star Tribune, (thank you PHI National for posting this) a county judge has ruled that the 20% cuts for family caregivers can be enacted.  “Lindman found that the Legislature offered the necessary “rational basis” for the pay cut when it decided that family members have “moral obligations … toward helping family members [...]

VA on the Road to System Transformation

On May 9, the VA will open the application process for eligible post-9/11 Veterans and Service Members to designate their Family Caregivers who will be eligible to receive a host of benefits.  Benefits for the family caregiver may include a stipend, mental health services, access to health care insurance (if not already covered under a [...]

Best of Awards for 2010

How good was 2010 to family caregivers? Well if you factored out the protracted budget crisis in the states, it was a pretty good year. Two landmark pieces of legislation set the pace: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.  We have also gathered other [...]

Funding for Additional Caregiver Support is Scuttled by Congress

In the August 11, 2010 edition of PolicyDigest, Family Caregiver Alliance alerted our readers that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved its spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services with a number of provisions benefitting family caregivers. As part of Vice-President Biden’s Caregiver Initiative, an additional $104.5 million was [...]