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Direct Care Legislation Introduced to Help Elderly Americans and the People Who Care for Them

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott today (Thursday) introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers to help care for the nation’s aging population. 

Senator Kaine says millions of older Americans with disabilities and chronic care needs rely on direct care workers who are often family members.

"So many Virginians, so many Americans are engaged in direct care for elderly relatives, relatives with disabilities," said Kaine.

He says the workforce is vulnerable to low wages, harsh working conditions and economic insecurity.  Nine in ten are women, half are people of color and a quarter are immigrants.

The Direct Care Opportunity Act would provide funding to 15 entities to invest in recruiting, training and retention of direct care workers  and to help older Americans remain in their communities when possible.

Senator Kaine is holding a roundtable discussion of the Direct Care legislation in Richmond Friday at the Richmond Public Library on East Franklin Street at 2:30.

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