Family caregivers in Ohio provided 1,380,000 hours of care — worth an estimated $16.5 Million — to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) in 2013.
AARP Mississippi is celebrating passage of the Caregiver Act, which took effect July 1. The law allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged or transferred to another facility.
With unanimous passage of the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act in both chambers of the General Assembly, Arkansas joins the growing ranks of states that are easing the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers.
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