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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Help Caregivers Today! Contact U.S. Congress to renew "The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2015" (HR 3913)

Easter Seals is reaching out in Support for our caregiver's, Please Urge your U.S. Representative to support the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 3913)!

Being a caregiver can be enormously rewarding -- but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well. That's why it's important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities. Whether it's for a few hours a week to run errands or a few weeks a year to take a much-needed vacation, respite care lets caregivers maintain their own health, bolster family stability, keep marriages intact, and avoid or delay more costly nursing home or foster care placements.

In 2006, Congress passed legislation to coordinate and enhance respite services for people of all ages and disabilities. Since 2009, funding has helped people in 33 states get access to and information about respite services.

It is time for Congress to renew this small but important program. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) have introduced "The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2015" (HR 3913).
Thank you for your on-going support and advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Sincerely,Katy Beh Neas
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Easter Seals 

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