U.S. Representative Ann McLane Kuster, United States Congress (D-N.H.)
District Office (Concord)
18 North Main Street, Fourth Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Elected in 2012, Ann McLane Kuster is a United States Representative of New Hampshire’s 2nd district. She is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Small Business Committee. A long time community activist, author, attorney, and advocate, Representative Kuster has focused her career on increasing access to affordable healthcare and higher education for families.
Caregiving is a personal issue for Representative Kuster, who served as a caregiver for her mother as she developed Alzheimer’s disease. She and her late mother authored the book The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s with Love and Laughter. She continues to advocate for increased research funding and programs to support patients and their caregivers, especially those dealing with Alzheimer’s.
“As someone who served as a caregiver for my mother when she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, I understand firsthand the challenges caregivers face when a loved one or dependent becomes chronically ill. I was lucky enough to also have the support of my family, but many individuals face these challenges alone, and the financial burden of missed work can be truly crippling,” said Congresswoman Kuster.
In this spirit, Representative Kuster helped introduce the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act which would increase Social Security benefits for qualifying caregivers who spend more than 80 hours per month providing care to their loved ones. Providing caregivers with this credit would help to address the financial burden missing work to provide caregiving can have on caregivers. The credit would also improve their own retirement security by boosting their Social Security benefits. Research has shown the total amount of individual lost wages due to leaving the labor force early because of caregiving responsibilities equals $142,693 for women and $144,609 for men. The total estimated aggregate lost wages, pension, and Social Security benefits of these caregivers of parents is nearly $3 trillion.
We at the Alliance are proud to recognize Representative Kuster’s advocacy on behalf of caregivers and her courage for sharing the story of her own family’s caregiving journey.
United States Senator for New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte
Daniel Auger, Health LA
Washington DC Office
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002
Kelly Ayotte was elected in 2010 to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate. She currently serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Small Business Committees.
Senator Ayotte knows that health care issues, including mental health, affect millions of Americans every year, and has worked in the Senate to address the challenges facing communities, health care providers, families, and caregivers.
As co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus, Senator Ayotte has consistently worked across party lines to support more than 268,000 caregivers in New Hampshire. Through the ACT Caucus, Senator Ayotte is focused on drafting legislative solutions and bringing awareness to issues related to caregiving.
Senator Ayotte has also been a strong voice in the Senate for mental health issues, and was honored for her leadership by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Working with New Hampshire’s disability rights community, she has also highlighted and advanced legislative efforts focused on breaking down barriers for individuals with disabilities.
Prior to her election to the U.S. Senate, Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General from 2004 – 2009.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is proud to recognize Senator Ayotte’s commitment and leadership in supporting family caregivers in New Hampshire and nationwide.