WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has brought back a piece of legislation called the Americans Giving Care to Elders (AGE) act.
The act would provide financial relief to caregivers, with the goal in mind of developing a tax credit for the cost for taking care of elderly people.
The legislation would also help offset expenses, such as buying assistive devices and making home modifications up to $6,000 a year.
Klobuchar first introduced the legislation in 2015, and was co-sponsored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
“We know that caregiving can be extremely expensiveespecially when family members must quit a job or reduce hours in order to provide care,” Klobuchar said. “To help ease the emotional and financial toll, the AGE Act would provide family caregivers with tax credits to offset the costs of care. We have to make sure the millions of family members who serve as caregivers for their aging loved ones are able to not just take care of others, but also themselves.”
“It’s a round-the-clock job to care for a loved one, and people often have to put careers on hold or take time away from working to provide that care. I stand with my fellow Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar in fighting for this effort so we can help ease the burden on caregivers in Minnesota and across the country.” said fellow Senator Tina Smith (D-MN).
The AGE act is endorsed by several associations such as:
-The American Heart Association
-LeadingAge Minnesota chapter
Earlier this month, Klobuchar and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introuced the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act. The goal in mind is to help fight scams which would strip seniors of their assests by educating the community on how to monitor and respond to fraud complaints and schemes.