Senate unveils bipartisan legislation to support family caregivers
WASHINGTON (WENY) -- Lawmakers in Washington are considering legislation that would support family caregivers by helping to alleviate some of the financial challenges they may face.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act yesterday, following roundtables throughout New York with older adults and disability rights advocates, hearing directly from them about their specific needs.
Family caregivers are family members who take care of a loved one that has a medical or behavioral condition or disability. According to the most recently available data, there are 2.6 million unpaid caregivers throughout New York State.
"When family caregivers take on the expenses associated with the life and well-being of their family members, the expense can really add up and lead to significant financial stress," Senator Gillibrand said. "Family caregivers deserve to be supported for the extra responsibilities they take on their role."
This act would give eligible family caregivers a tax credit of up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving.