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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Ease Burden on Family Caregivers with Medicare Access


Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2024) – Recognizing the challenges faced by family caregivers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation today aimed at streamlining their access to essential information and resources. The “Connecting Caregivers to Medicare Act,” spearheaded by Reps. Mike Carey (R-OH) and Judy Chu (D-CA) alongside Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), seeks to improve coordination between caregivers and Medicare beneficiaries.

“By clarifying what resources are available and training support personnel, we can alleviate the stress often felt by family caregivers,” said Rep. Carey. “Their sacrifices deserve our recognition and support.”

Echoing this sentiment, Rep. Chu emphasized the significant burden shouldered by caregivers. “Navigating care services and government agencies alongside personal responsibilities can be overwhelming,” she stated. “This legislation aims to ease their burden and ensure resources are readily available, including in non-English languages.”

Sens. Tillis and Hassan shared their personal understanding of the challenges faced by caregivers. “I’ve seen firsthand the barriers they encounter,” said Sen. Tillis. “This bill empowers them to better advocate for their loved ones and navigate Medicare communication channels.”

Sen. Hassan highlighted the importance of accessible resources. “The 1-800-MEDICARE hotline should be a valuable tool for both seniors and caregivers,” she noted. “This initiative ensures better training and outreach to maximize its effectiveness.”

The Connecting Caregivers to Medicare Act outlines several key measures:

Raising awareness: Publicising resources available through Medicare for family caregivers, including the option for beneficiaries to grant them access to health information via the hotline.
Enhanced training: Ensuring 1-800-MEDICARE operators have the necessary skills to assist caregivers effectively.
Multilingual accessibility: Guaranteeing that information and support are available in non-English languages.
This bipartisan effort has garnered widespread support from 37 organizations, including AARP, the American Heart Association, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

With its focus on improved communication, resource accessibility, and streamlined processes, the Connecting Caregivers to Medicare Act hopes to significantly ease the burden on family caregivers, allowing them to provide better care for their loved ones with greater peace of mind.