HARRISBURG – PA House lawmakers approved House Bill 464 which would expand the criteria of the Family Caregiver Support Program to mirror federal eligibility standards. Bill sponsor, Lackawanna County Rep. Karen Boback said expanding the protections provided under the act, and removing maximum reimbursement rates for out-of-pocket expenses, home medications, and assistive device expenses, is necessary. Changes to the act have not occurred in roughly 25 years. Act 204 of 1990, the Family Caregiver Support Program, aims to ease the stresses of care-giving by supporting the well-being of the caregivers. Those providing care for older adults, grandparents raising grandchildren, and grandparents raising adult children living with disability may be eligible to receive supports under the program. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

REP. KAREN BOBACK