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President Joe Biden has released a $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan with key provisions affecting older Americans, people with disabilities and caregivers.
According to reports from the Washington Post, the American Jobs Plan allots $400 billion for the care economy, offering support in two key areas:
- Expanding access to home- or community-based services (HCBS) for seniors and people with disabilities by extending a Medicaid program that moves elderly nursing home residents back into their homes or into the care of loved ones
- Improving working conditions for essential homecare workers, including higher wages and more benefits, through the HCBS expansion
The plan also includes $100 billion for several efforts related to the country’s electric grid, including ensuring that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet broadband by the end of the decade.
C-TAC applauds the Biden-Harris Administration for promoting home- and community-based services and supporting caregivers on the frontlines of home-based care. Boosting access to high-speed Internet is also an important and will allow more people with serious illness to receive care through telehealth.
The proposed plan is in its early stages and lawmakers in Congress will need to share their input and develop the appropriate legislation. C-TAC’s policy and advocacy team will monitor this as it develops and keep members and partners updated on its implications for people with serious illness.
To learn more, click here for a White House fact sheet on the plan.