Archived Federal Legislation

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Updated January 2007

The 108th Congress convened January 2003 and adjourned December 2004.  Below is a list of bills that were introduced in the 108th Congress.  For more information, use Thomas, the federal government’s website to research congressional activities: http://thomas.loc.gov/.

U.S. House of Representatives:

H. CON. RES. 228 Expresses the sense of Congress that the National Family Caregiver Support Program should be fully funded to continue efforts to provide relief and necessary services to individuals who perform informal or unpaid care for the elderly and care for children under 18 years of age.

H.R. 102 The Geriatric Care Act includes several provisions that would assist family caregivers: Medicare coverage of family caregiver education and counseling services; and information about, and referral to, hospice services, including patient and family caregiver education and counseling about hospice, and facilitating transition to hospice when elected.

H.R. 473 The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2003 would allow family caregivers who provide unpaid care to qualify for Social Security benefits for the time that they provided care.  The Social Security “credits” would be equal to the 50% of the average wages and self-employment income for the time period when the caregiver provided assistance.

H.R. 796 The Comprehensive Long-Term Care Act of 2003 would expand Medicare in a variety of ways, including providing education and training for family caregivers to develop skills necessary to permit individuals to remain in the home setting.

H.R. 956 The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2003 would provide for a variety of changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, including a clarification that leave may be taken  to assist elderly relatives.

H.R. 1138 The Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Prevention and Care Act would reauthorize the Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States program. In addition, S. 566 would increase funding for Alzheimer’s research from $500 million to $1.5 billion.

H.R. 1200 The American Health Security Act would provide health services to all Americans. The legislation would include access to home and community-based services such as respite care, and also includes a caregiver training component.

H.R. 1430 The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act would ensure that leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act could be used to care for a domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if such person has a serious health condition.

H.R. 1998 The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act would, among its many provisions, authorize grants and/or demonstration programs for caregiver education.

H.R. 2096 The Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2003 includes as one of its many provisions a $3,000 caregiver tax credit.

H.R. 2380 The Disabled Veterans' Caregiver Compensation Act authorizes monthly compensation of $234 to a veteran if and while totally disabled and in need of regular aid and attendance and while unpaid aid and attendance is provided by an adult family member who is dependent upon the  veteran for support.

H.R. 2507 The Conquering Pain Act of 2003 provides for a variety of initiatives in end-of-life care, including grants for the establishment of 6 National Family Support Networks in Pain and Symptom Management. The networks would fulfill a variety of needs, including providing assistance to family members and caregivers.

H.R. 2883 The Living Well with Fatal Chronic Illness Act would, among other things, create a $3,000 refundable caregiver tax credit.

H.R. 3451 The Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act would make grants to public and nonprofit private health care providers to expand treatment services for patients with Alzheimer's disease and training and support services for families and caregivers of such patients.

U.S. Senate:

S. 100 The Access to Affordable Health Care Act is an omnibus health bill which has among its many provisions a $3,000 caregiver tax credit.  S. 100 would also provide a tax deduction for the premium costs associated with long-term care insurance (LTCI) and would enact additional consumer protections for LTCI.

S. 304  The Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA) would provide grants to states that assist families by providing wage replacement for eligible individuals responding to caregiving needs.

S. 387 The Geriatric Care Act includes several provisions that would assist family caregivers: Medicare coverage of family caregiver education and counseling services; and information about, and referral to, hospice services, including patient and family caregiver education and counseling about hospice, and facilitating transition to hospice when elected.

S. 538  The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Lifespan Respite Care Act of
2003 on April 10, 2003. The legislation would provide funds to develop lifespan respite programs at both the state and national levels; provide emergency respite; train and recruit respite care workers; and train caregivers about respite care. The bill is now in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

S. 566 The Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Prevention and Care Act would reauthorize the Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States program. In addition, S. 566 would increase funding for Alzheimer’s research from $500 million to $1.5 billion.

S. 1010 The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act would, among its many provisions, authorize grants and/or demonstration programs for caregiver education.

S. 1031 Amends the Internal Revenue Code to revise and rename section 24 (Child Tax Credit) as the Family Care Credit. Includes, in addition to the $500 per child credit, a $3,000 tax credit per qualifying individual requiring specified long-term care.

S. 1214 The Family Caregiver Relief Act of 2003 would  create a partially refundable caregiver tax credit in the amount of $5,000.

S. 1278 The Conquering Pain Act of 2003 provides for a variety of initiatives in end-of-life care, including grants for the establishment of 6 National Family Support Networks in Pain and Symptom Management. The networks would fulfill a variety of needs, including providing assistance to family members and caregivers.

S. 1335 The Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2003 includes as one of its many provisions a $3,000 caregiver tax credit.

S. 2029 This legislation would create a tax deduction for home care, adult day and respite care expenses for a dependent with Alzheimer's disease or a related organic brain disorders.

S. 2072 The Senior Elder Care Relief and Empowerment (SECURE) Act would create a tax credit for eldercare expenses that exceed $1,000.  Individuals could claim the credit for 50% of expenses that exceed this threshold.

S. 2520 The Healthy Families Act would guarantee workers 7 paid days of sick leave a year to care for their own medical needs and those of their family members.

S. 2533 The Ronald Reagan Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2004 would double funding for Alzheimer's research; launch a public education campaign on the latest advances in research and prevention; increase funds for the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Alzheimer's Demonstration Grant Program; implement a caregiver tax credit; and enhance respite care options throughout the country.

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