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H.R. 1084 (ih) To amend title 5, United States Code, to make the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program available to the general public, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1083 To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable and high-quality respite care, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 5, 2003 Mr. Langevin (for himself, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Allen, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mrs. Christensen, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Engel, Mr. Evans, Mr. Foley, Mr. Ford, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Frost, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Greenwood, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Hoeffel, Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Matsui, Mr. McDermott, Mr. McHugh, Mr. McNulty, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Nadler, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Owens, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Payne, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Skelton, Mr. Stenholm, Mr. Towns, Mr. Waxman, Ms. Woolsey, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Clyburn, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Crowley, and Mr. Markey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable and high-quality respite care, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. LIFESPAN RESPITE CARE. The Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``TITLE XXIX--LIFESPAN RESPITE CARE ``SEC. 2901. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. ``(a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- ``(1) an estimated 26,000,000 individuals in the United States care each year for 1 or more adult family members or friends who are chronically ill, disabled, or terminally ill; ``(2) an estimated 18,000,000 children in the United States have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions that demand caregiver monitoring, management, supervision, or treatment beyond that required of children generally; ``(3) approximately 6,000,000 children in the United States live with a grandparent or other relative because their parents are unable or unwilling to care for them; ``(4) an estimated 165,000 children with disabilities in the United States live with a foster care parent; ``(5) nearly 4,000,000 individuals in the United States of all ages who have mental retardation or another developmental disability live with their families; ``(6) almost 25 percent of the Nation's elders experience multiple chronic disabling conditions that make it necessary to rely on others for help in meeting their daily needs; ``(7) every year, approximately 600,000 Americans die at home and many of these individuals rely on extensive family caregiving before their deaths; ``(8) of all individuals in the United States needing assistance in daily living, 42 percent are under age 65; ``(9) there are insufficient resources to replace family caregivers with paid workers; ``(10) if services provided by family caregivers had to be replaced with paid services, it would cost approximately $200,000,000,000 annually; ``(11) the family caregiver role is personally rewarding but can result in substantial emotional, physical, and financial hardship; ``(12) approximately 75 percent of family caregivers are women; ``(13) family caregivers often do not know where to find information about available respite care or how to access it; ``(14) available respite care programs are insufficient to meet the need and are primarily directed at lower income populations and family caregivers of the elderly, leaving large numbers of family caregivers without adequate support; and ``(15) there are a limited number of available respite care programs, and these programs have difficulty recruiting appropriately trained respite workers. ``(b) Purposes.--The purposes of this title are-- ``(1) to encourage States to establish State and local lifespan respite care programs; ``(2) to improve and coordinate the dissemination of respite care information and resources to family caregivers; ``(3) to provide, supplement, or improve respite care services to family caregivers; ``(4) to promote innovative, flexible, and comprehensive approaches to-- ``(A) the delivery of respite care; ``(B) respite care worker and volunteer recruitment and training programs; and ``(C) training programs for family caregivers to assist such family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services; ``(5) to support evaluative research to identify effective respite care services that alleviate, reduce, or minimize any negative consequences of caregiving; and ``(6) to promote the dissemination of results, findings, and information from programs and research projects relating to respite care delivery, family caregiver strain, respite care worker and volunteer recruitment and training, and training programs for family caregivers that assist such family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services. ``SEC. 2902. DEFINITIONS. ``In this title: ``(1) Condition.--The term `condition' includes-- ``(A) Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders; ``(B) developmental disabilities; ``(C) mental retardation; ``(D) physical disabilities; ``(E) chronic illness, including cancer; ``(F) behavioral, mental, and emotional conditions; ``(G) cognitive impairments; ``(H) situations in which there exists a high risk of abuse or neglect or of being placed in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect; ``(I) situations in which a child's parent is unavailable due to the parent's death, incapacitation, or incarceration; ``(J) traumatic brain injury; and ``(K) such conditions as the Secretary may designate by regulation. ``(2) Eligible recipient.--The term `eligible recipient' means-- ``(A) a State agency; ``(B) any other public entity that is capable of operating on a statewide basis; ``(C) a private, nonprofit organization that is capable of operating on a statewide basis; ``(D) a political subdivision of a State that has a population of not less than 3,000,000 individuals; or ``(E) any recognized State respite coordinating agency that has-- ``(i) a demonstrated ability to work with other State and community-based agencies; ``(ii) an understanding of respite care and family caregiver issues; and ``(iii) the capacity to ensure meaningful involvement of family members, family caregivers, and care recipients. ``(3) Family caregiver.--The term `family caregiver' means an unpaid family member, a foster parent, or another unpaid adult, who provides in-home monitoring, management, supervision, or treatment of a child or adult with a special need. ``(4) Lifespan respite care.--The term `lifespan respite care' means a coordinated system of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of individuals regardless of the individual's age, race, ethnicity, or special need. ``(5) Respite care.--The term `respite care' means planned or emergency care provided to an individual with a special need-- ``(A) in order to provide temporary relief to the family caregiver of that individual; or ``(B) when the family caregiver of that individual is unable to provide care. ``(6) Secretary.--The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ``(7) Special need.--The term `special need' means the particular needs of an individual of any age who requires care or supervision because of a condition in order to meet the individual's basic needs or to prevent harm to the individual. ``SEC. 2903. LIFESPAN RESPITE CARE GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS. ``(a) Purposes.--The purposes of this section are-- ``(1) to expand and enhance respite care services to family caregivers; ``(2) to improve the statewide dissemination and coordination of respite care; and ``(3) to provide, supplement, or improve access and quality of respite care services to family caregivers, thereby reducing family caregiver strain. ``(b) Authorization.--Subject to subsection (f), the Secretary may award grants or cooperative agreements to eligible recipients who submit an application pursuant to subsection (d). ``(c) Federal Lifespan Approach.--In carrying out this section, the Secretary, acting through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and in cooperation with the National Family Caregiver Support Program in the Administration on Aging, the Administration for Children and Families, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shall ensure coordination of respite care services for family caregivers of individuals of all ages with special needs. ``(d) Application.-- ``(1) Submission.--Each eligible recipient desiring to receive a grant or cooperative agreement under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary shall require. ``(2) Contents.--Each application submitted under this section shall include-- ``(A) a description of the applicant's-- ``(i) understanding of respite care and family caregiver issues; ``(ii) capacity to ensure meaningful involvement of family members, family caregivers, and care recipients; and ``(iii) collaboration with other State and community-based public, nonprofit, or private agencies; ``(B) with respect to the population of family caregivers to whom respite care information or services will be provided or for whom respite care workers and volunteers will be recruited and trained, a description of-- ``(i) the population; ``(ii) the extent and nature of the respite care needs of the population; ``(iii) existing respite care services for the population, including numbers of family caregivers being served and extent of unmet need; ``(iv) existing methods or systems to coordinate respite care information and services to the population at the State and local level and extent of unmet need; ``(v) how respite care information dissemination and coordination, respite care services, respite care worker and volunteer recruitment and training programs, or training programs for family caregivers that assist such family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services, will be provided using grant or cooperative agreement funds; ``(vi) a plan for collaboration and coordination of the proposed respite care activities with other related services or programs offered by public or private, nonprofit entities, including area agencies on aging; ``(vii) how the population, including family caregivers, care recipients, and relevant public or private agencies, will participate in the planning and implementation of the proposed respite care activities; ``(viii) how the proposed respite care activities will make use, to the maximum extent feasible, of other Federal, State, and local funds, programs, contributions, other forms of reimbursements, personnel, and facilities; ``(ix) respite care services available to family caregivers in the applicant's State or locality, including unmet needs and how the applicant's plan for use of funds will improve the coordination and distribution of respite care services for family caregivers of individuals of all ages with special needs; ``(x) the criteria used to identify family caregivers eligible for respite care services; ``(xi) how the quality and safety of any respite care services provided will be monitored, including methods to ensure that respite care workers and volunteers are appropriately screened and possess the necessary skills to care for the needs of the care recipient in the absence of the family caregiver; and ``(xii) the results expected from proposed respite care activities and the procedures to be used for evaluating those results; and ``(C) assurances that, where appropriate, the applicant will have a system for maintaining the confidentiality of care recipient and family caregiver records.
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