Senators Introduce Legislation Seeking Support for Family Caregivers

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) recently introduced legislation that would establish a federal tax credit to assist with the costs of caring for an aging family member in the home, establish a central clearinghouse for best practices and promising innovations to support families in their caregiving role, and provide increased funding to federal caregiver support efforts.

According to Klobuchar, a recent study found that the out-of-pocket costs for family caregivers average about $5,500 a year. The Americans Giving Care to Elders (AGE) Act, S. 3226, would allow families to qualify for a tax credit of 20 percent of caregiving expenses up to $6,000, for a potential credit of $1,200 a year.

The AGE Act would also amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to (1) increase and extend funding for the National Family Caregiver Support Program through FY 2015, and (2) establish a National Resource Center on Family Caregiving to provide information on and support for family caregiver support programs.

Click here to send an email to Senators Nelson and Rubio encouraging them to cosponsor the AGE Act!

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