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Issue Brief
March 2011

The Health Care Law: Good News for Caregivers

Are you one of the 52 million Americans who take care of a spouse, parent, or other relative? If so, you know that caregiving can take an emotional and financial toll. Caregivers lose wages, postpone their own medical care, and cut back on household spending.

The Affordable Care Act includes several measures that support caregivers. This piece discusses how the health care law will:

The brief also includes tips for advocates who want to improve long-term care in their states.

  • build the long-term care workforce
  • encourage states to expand home- and community-based services in Medicaid
  • improve resources for caregivers
  • expand protections for people in long-term care facilities