Passed! Bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare

The United States Senate has unanimously passed the bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. There are 45 million family caregivers in the United States that provide an estimated $470 billion in uncompensated care each year.

The bill was introduced and sponsored by Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME). The Senate unanimously passed S. 995, the Senate’s version of the “Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019″ bill, on February 24, 2020. This is not a new program, but it has been underfunded since its inception. For the 45 million caregivers, this is one step closer to a welcome break from what can be 24/7 job.

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