2010

Bill Number & Title Sponsors Status

H.R. 2734

Health Care for Family Caregivers Act of 2009

Rep. Thomas Perriello (D-VA)

No Cosponsors

Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health on June 5, 2009. Subcommittee hearings held on June 18, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends Section 1781 of Title 38 of the U.S. Code to provide care to family members of disabled veterans who serve as caregivers to such veterans.
H.R. 2898

Wounded Warrior Caregiver Assistance Act

Rep. Deborah Halvorson (D-IL)

No Cosponsors

Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health on June 19, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends Title 38 of the U.S. Code to provide support services for family caregivers of disable veterans, including information and outreach, counseling and mental health services, and respite care to assist family caregivers.
S. 2809/H.R. 4123

Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

No Cosponsors

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

79 Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on November 19, 2009.

How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for treatment and support services for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
S. 2958/H.R. 1192

Caregiver Assistance and Relief Effort (“CARE”) Act of 2010

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

No Cosponsors

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance on January 27, 2010.

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on February 2, 2010.

How it helps family caregivers: Provides funding and incentives for caregiver support and long-term care assistance, such as a tax credit for taxpayers with long-term care needs and consumer protections for long-term care insurance.


H.R. 519

Elder Caregiver Support and Information Enhancement Act of 2009

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)

9 Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce on January 14, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to authorize additional appropriations for FY2010-FY2012 for the family caregiver support program.  Authorizes appropriations for FY2010-2012 for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information.
S. 543

Veteran and Servicemember Caregiver Support Act of 2009

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

14 Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on March 6, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Requires a pilot program on training, certification, and support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces to provide caregiver services to such veterans and members, and for other purposes.
S. 1753

Disabled Veteran Caregiver Housing Assistance Act of 2009

Sen. Bernard Sanders (D-VT) Referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on October 5, 2009. Hearings held on October 21, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends Title 38 of the U.S. Code to increase assistance for disabled veterans who are temporarily residing in housing owned by a family member.
S. 1963

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) Became Public Law No. 111-163 on May 5, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends Title 38 of the U.S. Code to prove assistance to caregivers of veterans and to improve the provision of health care to veterans.


H.R. 901

Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)

4 Cosponsors

Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on March 16, 2009.

Subcommittee hearing held on July 15, 2010.

How it helps family caregivers: Amends Title 11 of the U.S. Code to provide protection for medical debt homeowners, to restore bankruptcy protections for individuals experiencing economic distress as caregivers to ill or disabled family members, and to exempt from means testing debtors whose financial problems were caused by serious medical problems.
S. 1604

Americans Giving care to Elders (AGE) Act of 2009

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

2 Cosponsor

Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance on August 6, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow caregivers a tax credit for up to $6,000 of the eldercare expenses incurred for their parents (or ancestors of such parents).  Amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to: (1) increase funding for the National Family Caregiver Support Program through FY2013; and (2) establish a National Resource Center on Family Caregiving to provide information on and support for family caregiver support programs.
H.R. 6208

Adult Day Achievement Center Enhancement Act

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

No Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 23, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: expand and enhance existing adult day programs for people with multiple sclerosis or other similar diseases, to support and improve access to respite services for family caregivers who are taking care of such people, and for other purposes;


S. 3976

Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act of 2010

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)

10 Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance on November 19, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, title II of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, to extend: (1) through 2011 the $250 economic recovery payments to recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (title XVI of the Social Security Act), railroad retirement benefits, and veterans disability compensation or pension benefits; and (2) through 2011 the special tax credit for certain government retirees.

Makes additional appropriations through FY2013 to cover such payments.

H.R. 6413

To ensure that individuals who receive Social Security or certain other Federal benefits receive a one-time payment equal to 5 percent of the total annual amount of such benefit in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in 2011.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

No Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Veterans’ Affairs on November 16, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to disburse a one-time payment equal to 60% [sic] of the total annual amount of their benefits under Social Security, SSI (Supplemental Security Income under title XVI of the Social Security Act), the railroad retirement benefits program, and the veterans disability compensation or pension benefits program to recipients of such benefits if no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in 2011.
S. 245/H.R. 468

Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act of 2009

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)

7 Cosponsors

Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)

11 Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on January 14, 2009.

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor on January 13, 2009.

How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand training for health professionals in the fields of geriatrics, long-term care, and chronic care management.  Amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to require the Assistant Secretary for Aging to: (1) develop family caregiver training materials; and (2) provide for the establishment and operation of a National Resource Center on Volunteers, Students, and Seniors to promote partnerships between entities in the aging network and institutions of higher education and secondary schools, and to encourage projects that involve underserved communities.  Provides for the development of information and referral protocols for family caregivers of Medicare beneficiaries.  Amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of assessments of family caregiver support needs.
H.R. 769

Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2009

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)

1 Cosponsor

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on January 28, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act with respect to determining entitlement to and the amount of any monthly benefit, including any lump-sum death payment, payable under OASDI on the basis of the wages and self-employment income of any individual. Deems such an individual to have been paid a wage (according to a specified formula) during each month during which the individual was engaged for at least 80 hours in providing care to a dependent relative without monetary compensation for up to five years of such service. Makes this Act inapplicable in the case of any monthly benefit or lump-sum death payment if a larger benefit or payment would be payable without its application.
H.R. 5491

Caregiver Tax Relief Act of 2010

Rep. Christopher Carney (D-PA)

1 Cosponsor

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on June 9, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow caregivers of family members or dependents with long-term care needs a refundable income-based tax credit of $2,500 for each such family member or dependent.


H.R. 4872

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC)

No Cosponsors

Became Public Law No. 111-152 on March 30, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: The bill makes a number of health-related financing and revenue changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted by H.R. 3590 and modifies higher education assistance provisions.


H.R. 3590

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

40 Cosponsors

Became Public Law No. 111-192 on March 23, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers:

  • Increases access to affordable health insurance coverage,
  • Prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions,
  • Prohibits insurance companies from rescinding insurance policies except in instances of fraud,
  • Improves mental health coverage parity,
  • Provides for establishment of a minimum standard for offered benefits,
  • Improves consumer protection with insurance companies, including grievance and appeals mechanism and transparency and disclosure requirements,
  • Establishes an Accountable Care Organization Pilot Program that can utilize patient-centered processes of care, including those that emphasize patient and caregiver involvement in planning and monitoring of on going care management plan.
  • Provides for a 5-year medical home pilot program, and the medical home is required to provide support for family caregivers
  • Provides for a medical home pilot program in SCHIP for medically fragile children, the model is required to provide continuous involvement and education to the parent or caregiver,
  • Expands Medicaid to require coverage for disabled adults under age 65 with income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level ($29,300 per year for a family of 4).


H.R. 6466

Dependent Care Act of 2010

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX)

8 Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on December 1, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care for the physical and mental injuries suffered by a spouse, child, or dependent parent victim of abuse by a veteran who is enrolled in the VA patient enrollment system and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, as long as such victim is not eligible for medical coverage under a federal or state program or otherwise covered by a private medical insurance policy.
H.R. 6305

Preventing Affinity Scams for Seniors Act of 2010

Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)

2 Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, and to the Committee on Ways and Means on September 29, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Defines “affinity scam” as a transaction in which a person trusted by a senior, such as a caregiver, relative, guardian, “new friend,” or service provider, claims to share similar interests or values and establishes a relationship with the senior, then uses the relationship to defraud the senior.
H.R. 6550

Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2010

Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)

No Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 29, 2010.
How it helps family caregivers: Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize appropriations to carry out lifespan respite care programs for FY2012 and subsequent fiscal years.
S. 3825/H.R. 6208

Adult Day Achievement Center Enhancement Act

Sen. James Risch (R-ID)

1 Cosponsor

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Co Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on September 22, 2010.

Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 23, 2010.

How it helps family caregivers: Requires the Assistant Secretary for Aging to initiate a comprehensive survey of current adult day programs that provide care and support to individuals living with multiple sclerosis, to include: (1) identifying ongoing successful multiple sclerosis adult day programs (MSADPs) and other similar adult day programs; and (2) developing a set of best practices to help guide the establishment and replication of additional successful MSADPs and other similar adult day programs.

Directs the Assistant Secretary to establish a competitive grant program for awarding grants annually to fund MSADPs and other similar adult day programs.

Defines an MSADP as an adult day program that provides comprehensive and effective care and support services to individuals living with multiple sclerosis and their family caregivers and that may assist participants in ways that: (1) maintain or improve their functional abilities or otherwise help them adjust to their changing functional abilities; (2) prevent the onset of complications associated with severe forms of the disease; (3) promote alternatives to placement in nursing homes; (4) reduce the strain on family caregivers taking care of a family member with multiple sclerosis; or (5) focus on supporting the emotional, social, and intellectual needs of a younger adult population.

H.R. 3155

Caregiver Assistance and Resource Enhancement Act

Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME)

9 Cosponsors

Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  The House agreed to the bill by voice vote.  Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on July 28, 2009.
How it helps family caregivers: Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), with respect to individuals providing noninstitutional extended care to disabled veterans, to make support services available to such caregivers, both family and non-family, including: (1) educational sessions teaching caring techniques, strategies, and skills; (2) respite care; (3) nursing care; (4) counseling and mental health services; (5) medical care; and (6) lodging and subsistence.
S. 994/H.R. 1740

Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

36 Cosponsors

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL)

376 Cosponsors

Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on May 7, 2009.

Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health on March 30, 2009. Subcommittee hearings held on October 8, 2009.

How it helps family caregivers: In conducting an education campaign on breast cancer, the Secretary may develop educational materials that include information about caregiver support for young women.
S. 801*/H.R. 2342

Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009

*Caregiver provisions from S. 801 were merged into the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 (S. 1963).

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)

27 Cosponsors

Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME)

3 Cosponsors

Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on September 25, 2009.  S. 1963 was passed by the Senate on November 19, 2009, by a vote of 98-0.

Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and passed the bill on  November 19, 2009.  The House passed the bill on April 21, 2010.  Became P.L. 111-163.

How it helps family caregivers: Directs the Secretary, as part of authorized VA home health services for veterans, to furnish family caregiver assistance to family members of veterans in need of personal care services due to a serious injury incurred or aggravated during active duty.