posted by Kate Gallagher
on November 3, 2016
National Family Caregivers Month starts this week, a time to honor the millions of people around the country who care for loved ones with health problems or functional impairments. The theme for this year is “Take Care to Give Care,” reminding caregivers that taking care of themselves is an important part of taking care of others.
Health plans support the well-being of caregivers, and offer many resources to help them get the information and support they need:
Two reports issued this year offer more recommendations on how we can support caregivers:
The report notes the increasing diversity among caregivers and patients, calling for more diversified person-centered and family-centered care solutions. This shift towards person-centered care is formalized in the 2016 CMS Medicaid managed care final rule and the 2014 CMS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rule.
The industry will continue to advocate for policies that support caregivers’ wellness. One of the key recommendations in the National Academies’ report is for our nation’s next president to create and implement a National Family Caregiver Strategy. As a first step, the U.S. Senate approved legislation last year to establish the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. AHIP has joined several caregiving advocacy organizations to call for passage of this legislation in the House of Representatives.
Kate Gallagher is Deputy Director, Federal Affairs at AHIP.