Hillary Clinton Puts Home Care Front and Center in U.S. Presidential Race
November 26, 2015 08:45 AM
On Sunday, November 22, at a campaign event in Iowa, Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate in the U.S. presidential campaign, vowed to expand home care, proposing a plan to support family caregivers including a new tax credit and increased support for the Caregiver Respite program.
“We need to recognize the value of the work that caregivers give to all of us, both those who are paid and the great number who are unpaid,” Clinton said. “The lost wages and the work that is sometimes given up are costing families—especially women—who make up the majority of both paid and unpaid caregivers.”
Following are the components of the caregiver support proposal as released by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign:
Provide tax relief to family members who care for ailing parents and grandparents.Offer a tax credit to help family members offset up to $6,000 in caregiving costs for their elderly family members.
Expand Social Security by counting the hard work of caregivers and giving them the benefits they deserve.Americans should receive credit toward their Social Security benefits when they are out of the paid workforce because they are acting as caregivers.
Build on the Caregiver Respite program.Clinton proposes to go beyond President Obama’s Caregiver Respite budget request—investing $100 million in the initiative over 10 years.
Increased training and resources to address the challenges faced by caregivers.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has a long-held position in support of improved caregiver support through promoting respite care and tax incentives for family caregivers. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris released the following statement regarding the caregiver support plan released by Hillary Clinton’s campaign: “I would like to offer my commendation to Hillary Clinton for putting home care front and center in the presidential race. While we continue to review the plan in detail, NAHC will offer our suggestions to improve caregiver support. We have also asked the other presidential candidates for their positions on Medicare and Medicaid, and we will continue to communicate our recommendations to them with regards to supporting home care and hospice. With 90 percent of Medicare costs resulting from chronic disease, it is vitally important for any presidential candidate to express support for the growing importance of home and community-based care.”
The family caregiver support plan released by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is available here.
NAHC Reportwill continue to provide updates regarding where the presidential candidates stand on the issues most important to home care and hospice.