Sure, every life is precious. Some things are much more important than money… etc., etc.
But it often takes a lot of money to be a family caregiver or to provide meaningful support for family caregivers.
The bipartisan team of lawmakers that introduced S. 1719 and H.R. 3099, the Recognize, Assistant, Include, Support and Engage Family (RAISE) Caregivers Act bill, want to create a permanent caregiving advisory council that would help the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) develop, and update, a national caregiving strategy document.
The drafters of the bills have included a long list of people, or types of people, who ought to be on the council, including either the secretary of the Treasury or the Treasury secretary’s designee.
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But, even though the national caregiving strategy is supposed to try to do something about family caregivers’ financial security, the bill does not specifically call for any of the council members to be tax preparers, accountants, financial planners, actuaries or insurance company underwriters or benefits managers.