Advocacy > Working Caregivers
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Over 40 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers, mostly for parents and grandparents. While unpaid caregiving is nothing new, the need spans generations. Nearly one quarter of today’s caregivers are from the Millennial generation (early 20’s to mid-30’s) and they are struggling with the costs of balancing care for aging loved ones with care for newborns or young children.
The intent of Paid Family Leave (PFL) is to make it financially easier for individuals to take time off from paid work to care for children and seriously ill family members. Given the linkages between care provided by family members and the usage of paid services, we examine whether California’s PFL program influenced nursing home utilization in California during the 1999 to 2008 period. This is the first empirical study to examine the effects of PFL on long‐term care patterns.