On February 1, 2017, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Vicki Schmidt, heard testimony on Senate Bill 68, the CARE Act. This proposed legislation would support the 345,000 Kansas caregivers who are providing unpaid care to a family member or loved one. The CARE Act, (Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable Act) is another tool to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations by ensuring that caregivers are acknowledged and instructed on how to care for their loved one when he/she returns home from the hospital. It is a NO COST, commonsense solution to help formalize important discharge practices.
AARP Kansas continues to urge Kansas legislators to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to support the more than 605,000 caregivers in our state who provide care to their loved ones, enabling them to continue living at home. AARP’s Capital City Task Force (CCTF) members, led by volunteer Judy Bellome and AARP Kansas Advocacy Director Ernie Kutzley, have been spending hours at the Kansas Statehouse talking to legislators, administration officials and representatives of other organizations, including the Kansas Hospital Association, in efforts to garner support for the legislation.
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