The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is developing a report on how family caregiving impacts state Medicaid programs, and the role Medicaid plays in supporting family caregivers. Medicaid — jointly funded and administered by the federal and state governments — provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including low-income adults, children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Relatives and friends provide hours of unpaid care to Medicaid enrollees, often making it possible for them to stay in their homes and communities.
This report, scheduled to be published in October, will provide important information to the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregiving Advisory Council and will contribute to its report to Congress, which will feature national recommendations to support family caregivers. This initiative is one component of NASHP’s RAISE Act Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center, which is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The center serves as a national focal point for resources, technical assistance, and policy analysis for states, the broader community of stakeholders, and the public. In collaboration with the Administration for Community Living, the council will provide a framework for how the federal government, states, and communities can better address the needs of family caregivers.