This is a policy alert from National Alliance for Caregiving.

The President has signed the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy. The bill also calls on HHS to convene a Family Caregiving Advisory Council to advise the department on ways to recognize and support family caregivers. This Council will be comprised of relevant federal agency representatives as well as family caregivers, older adults with long-term services and support needs, health care providers, and other key players in the caregiving community.

Many thanks to the President and to the congressional co-sponsors of this legislation, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (D-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Diane Black (R-TN).

Thank you also to all the advocates who worked so hard for the passage of this bill. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is a significant step in bolstering family caregivers on the national level, and its passage is a promising victory as we head into 2018. We at the Alliance will continue to follow this law into implementation.

For more information, please visit the NAC website:
http://www.caregiving.org/national-landscape/

For analysis of the bill, please see Next Avenue, “What the New Raise FAMILY Caregivers Act Will Do.”