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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

AARP Endorses Lujan Grisham Care Corps Program

Jun 28, 2018
Press Release

AARP Endorses Lujan Grisham Care Corps Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Lujan Grisham announced that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older, has endorsed the bipartisan Care Corps Demonstration Act (H.R. 3493), which would create a demonstration program to help seniors and individuals with disabilities live independently in their homes. This endorsement is a critical step towards enacting and implementing a program that Rep. Lujan Grisham has been advocating for since she joined Congress in 2013.

“As a caregiver myself, I know how tough it can be to care for a loved one, and how little support is available to those doing this critical work. AARP has been a powerful voice for seniors and family caregivers, and with their support, I will continue fighting to pass this important legislation.”

In the endorsement letter, an AARP representative wrote, “AARP is pleased to support the Care Corps Demonstration Act (H.R. 3493). We appreciate [Rep. Lujan Grisham’s] efforts to work on a bipartisan basis to support family caregivers and help older adults and people with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities,” and added that caregiving is, “an ageless and nonpartisan issue.”

To read AARP’s letter of endorsement click here.

Highlights of the Care Corps Demonstration Act:

  • Authorizes grants for the creation of local Care Corps programs at $10 million per year over five years.
  • Public or private non-profit groups would apply for Care Corps grants and administer the program locally, training and assigning members to communities in need. 
  • Volunteers would be trained to support the achievement and maintenance of the highest level of independent living; however, they would not provide professional medical services, administrative support services, or institutional care.
  • Corps members would receive living allowances and benefits, including health insurance coverage, during their volunteer period, and would be eligible for tuition assistance or loan repayment after they complete their assignment.

Caregiving Statistics:

  • More than 40 million Americans provide more than $470 billion in care to seniors and adults with disabilities every year.
  • By 2030, there will be more than 72 million older Americans over the age of 65, making up 19% of the total population.
  • In 2010, there were 7 potential caregivers for every person over 80.  By 2030, that ratio is projected to drop by almost half, to 4:1 and the U.S. will require at least 1 million more direct care workers over the next 10 years.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses for family caregivers were almost $7,000 in 2016 (20% of their income).