H.Con.Res. 59: Supporting the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability

H.Con.Res. 59

Supporting the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability

Sponsor
Rep. Lee Terry

Date
September 14, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Con.Res. 59 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, September 14, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) on May 19, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Con.Res. 59 would resolve that Congress:
• "Focuses on learning more about senior care and being prepared to manage the needs of our aging population;
• "Recognizes caregiving as a profession;
• "Supports the efforts of family caregivers nationwide by encouraging individuals to provide care to family, friends, and neighbors;
• "Fosters a private home care industry environment that supports enterprise to provide accessible and affordable caregiving services to seniors while providing standardized training to paid caregivers that offers opportunity for their continued growth and development;
• "Studies alternatives to make caregiving for seniors even more accessible and affordable, and reviews Federal policies that relate to caregiving for seniors;
• "Examines and continues to fund current Federal programs which address the accessibility and affordability needs of seniors and their family caregivers; and
• "Encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Services to continue working to educate people in the United States on the impact of aging and the importance of knowing the options available to seniors when they need care to meet their personal

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the Department of Labor estimated that paid caregivers for the year 2006 worked a total of 835 millions hours, and the projected hours of paid senior caregivers are estimated to increase to 4.35 billion hours by 2025.