WASHINGTON– The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) President and CEO Jason Resendez issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s State of the Union speech:
The National Alliance for Caregiving applauds the inclusion of family caregivers in President Biden’s State of the Union address. From paid family and medical leave and improved home and community-based supports to accelerating treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s, the President outlined a bold vision for investing in the infrastructure needed to make care easier and more dignified for America’s 53 million family caregivers.
NAC calls for swift action on these essential policies by Congress and for the urgent implementation the RAISE National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, which outlines federal and state actions to improve the health, wealth, and equity of family caregivers. The strategy represents the first time a broad cross-section of the federal government has collaborated with the caregiving community and private sector on a response to the harsh realities – and inequities – of family caregiving. Inequities such as poorer health outcomes and higher rates of economic insecurity for women of color providing care for a loved one.
As President Biden stated, it’s time to “give a little more breathing room to millions of family caregivers looking after their loved ones.”
About the National Alliance for Caregiving
Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a membership-based organization focused on building health, wealth, and equity for America’s 53 million family caregivers through research, innovation, and advocacy. We envision a society that values, supports, and empowers family caregivers to thrive at home, work, and life. Learn more at https://www.caregiving.org.