WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress. This significant development follows the House Committee on Appropriations’ recent approval of $5 million in Care Corps grants. Additionally, this funding has received bipartisan support from Senate appropriators.
To date, two dozen seniors and caregiving organizations have endorsed the National Care Corps Demonstration Act (H.R. 3493) including AARP, National Alliance for Caregiving, Easterseals, Alzheimer’s Association, and PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute).
In the letter, Rep. Lujan Grisham wrote: “As our population continues to age, many more Americans will require long-term supports and services, placing a huge burden on a fragmented system that is already struggling to provide and finance care for current seniors and individuals with disabilities … Care Corps grants would help to fill those gaps, placing volunteers in communities to work with seniors and individuals with disabilities across the country, while also building a career pipeline for young adults and others seeking exposure to a new career field.”