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— AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act.  We applaud legislative leaders and Governor Bevin for signing this bill, which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones. In addition to Governor Bevin, AARP Kentucky salutes the leadership of Paul Hornback, his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, and Representative Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky’s elected officials worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the addition of about $7 million for non-Medicaid in-home services for the elderly in the New York State Senate and Assembly one-house 2017-18 state budget proposals: “State legislators are moving in the right direction. These cost-effective services help middle class New Yorkers age safely at home and provide badly needed respite and support for their family caregivers. AARP appreciates the Senate’s and Assembly’s …

— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

— A bill filed this week in the Texas Senate would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training. Senate Bill 1417 by Texas Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. Known as the CARE Act, …

— Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

— Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training, under a bill filed this week in the Texas Legislature. Known as the CARE Act, the legislation would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) filed House Bill 2425. …

— In South Dakota, taking care of those we love comes naturally. More than 84,000 South Dakotans are currently serving as family caregivers to their loved ones and studies show that if you aren’t a caregiver now you will either be one or need one someday. This silent army is taking on tasks like bathing and dressing, managing finances and transportation and even performing complicated medical tasks all so their loved ones can remain in their homes and communities – where they want to …

— AARP has announced support for legislation to grant targeted tax credits to low- and middle-income Nebraskans who are caring for loved ones in their homes. On Jan. 26, the Legislature’s Revenue Committee held a hearing on LB 65, which would provide up to $300 in annual tax credits to family caregivers with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s $67,080 for a two-person household. The caregiver also would need to be caring for a person with income …

— The second week of the Texas legislative session saw the unveiling of dueling budget proposals from House and Senate leaders who are starting negotiations over state spending billions of dollars apart and at odds over several key priorities. Both proposals fail to identify funding for a Lifespan Respite Program that’s considered invaluable to many unpaid family caregivers in Texas. More than 3 million Texans are caring each day for an aging parent or loved one, helping them to live independently …