Casey, Wyden Release State-by-State Factsheet On Benefits of Investments in Home and Community-Based Services
American Jobs Plan Provides $400B in Care Infrastructure Investments; Will Finally Lift Wages for Homecare Workers
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, released a state-by-state factsheet showing the benefits of investing in home and community-based services across the country. Home and community-based services, which would receive $400 billion in funding as part of the American Jobs Plan, allow seniors and individuals with disabilities to receive good quality care and services in the setting of their choice. The historic investment included in the American Jobs Plan will strengthen wages and benefits for homecare workers, who are often paid as little as $12/hour. If Congress follows through on this investment in our care infrastructure, seniors, individuals with disabilities and workers will be lifted up in every state.
“Investing in home and community-based services is all about improving how we function as a society. It’s basic infrastructure,” Senator Casey said. “If Congress can come together and pass the American Jobs Plan, we will make a substantial difference in the lives of our seniors, individuals with disabilities and the workers who care for them. Making this proposal a reality is a fundamental responsibility.”
“When it comes to long-term care, the federal government should ensure Americans are able to choose the care they want, when they want it,” Senator Wyden said. “President Biden’s call for a major investment in home and community based care services is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make that a reality. I’m gratified to be working with Senator Casey to increase access to good-quality long-term care at home and in the community, while also boosting pay and benefits for those who care for seniors and Americans with disabilities.”
Read the factsheet here.