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Legislative Alerts

March 25, 2014

Ask your US House Representative to Sign Letter of Support for FY 15 Lifespan Respite Funding. Deadline: April 2, 2014.

Rep. Langevin’s is circulating a "Dear Colleague" Letter asking Congressional colleagues to send a letter of support for FY 15 funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program. To see the letter, click here.  For NRC Alert, click here.

Deadline is Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for Members of Congress to sign on to Rep. Langevin's Congressional Letter to the Appropriations Committee in support of FY 15 funding for Lifespan Respite. Call your Member today!

ACTION: Call or visit your House Member today and ask them to sign onto Rep. Langevin’s Letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting $2.5 million in the FY 15 Funding Bill. Deadline for Members to sign on is April 2, 2014.

CONTACT: To identify your Representative, visit To reach your Representative by phone, call 202-225-3121. Leave a message with the Health or Disability Legislative Assistant.

FY15 Funding Request: Aware of severe budget constraints facing the Administration and Congress, the Lifespan Respite Task Force and its 200 national, state and local member organizations are requesting level funding for FY 15.

January 20, 2014

Final FY 14 Funding for Key Respite and Family Caregiver Supports

On January 17, the President signed the FY 2014 Consolidated Omnibus Approrprations Act (HR3547) into law to fund federal programs for the current fiscal year. Final funding levels for several of the programs most important to supporting respite are included below:

Lifespan Respite $2.36 million

National Family Caregiver Support $145.6 million

Native American Caregiver Support $6.03 million

CAPTA Community-Based
Child Abuse Prevention Grants $39.7 million

Title XX Social Services Block Grant $1.7 billion

For comparison to previous years and to the President's FY14 Funding Request, see Funding Table


October 30, 2013

Older Americans Act Reauthorization Approved by Senate Committee

On October 30, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) considered the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013 and reported it out favorably.  The bill would reauthorize for five years many aging network programs serving the aging population including nutrition and supportive home and community-based services, disease prevention/health promotion services, elder rights programs, and the National Family Caregiver Support Program. The most significant change affecting respite services eligibility is a change to the National Family Caregiver Support Program which extends eligibility of relative caregivers of individuals with disabilities to parents who are age 55 or older.  No floor date for Senate consideration has been scheduled. 
To follow Senate committee action, see the Senate HELP website. The House has not scheduled consideration of the legislation.

June 11, 2013

Urge Support for Lifespan Respite Funding

The Senate Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education plans to consider their FY 14 funding bill by July 8, 2013. Please let your Senators know that you support continued funding for Lifespan Respite.

NRC June Funding Alert, click here
NRC Written Senate Testimony, click here.
National Organization Letter in Support of FY 14 Lifespan Respite funding, click here.

ACTION: Call your US Senators today and urge them to support at least $2.5 million in the FY 14 Labor/HHS/Education funding bill.

Contact: To identify your two Senators, visit To reach them, call 202-224-3121.

FY14 Funding Request:  Aware of severe budget constraints facing the Administration and Congress, the Lifespan Respite Task Force and its 200 national, state and local member organizations are reducing their request from last year to $2.5 million for FY 14.  This is the same amount requested by the President in his FY 14 Budget.

May 3, 2013

National Respite Coalition Submits Testimony to Senate Subcommittee in Support of Lifespan Respite Funding  

On May 3, 2013, the National Respite Coalition submitted outside written testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations requesting level funding ($2.5 million) for the Lifespan Respite Program in the FY 14 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill.  This is the same level of funding requested by the President. To view or download the testimony, click here.

April 30, 2013

45 National Organizations Sign Letter in Support of FY 14 Funding for Lifespan Respite, National Family Caregiver Support and Family Support. 

On April 30, 2013, 45 national organizations signed a letter to House and Senate Appropriators in support of FY 14 funding for the Lifespan Respite Program ($2.5 million), the National Family Caregiver Support Program ($154 million), and Family Support in the Developmental Disabilities Act. The House and Senate letters are now available.

House Letter
Senate Letter 


April 23, 2013

35 House Members Send Letter in Support of Lifespan Respite Funding

On April 22, 2013, 35 members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations requesting funding for Lifespan Respite Program in FY 2014. To view or download the letter, click here.

Advocacy Tips and Guidance on Contacting the US Congress 

Visits to Legislators' Offices: For Guidance on How to Arrange and Conduct a Personal Visit with a Legislator, see Advocacy Tip Sheet for Face-to-Face Meetings  

Calling Your Representative or Senator:  Making a personal visit or call is the most effective way to get your message across. Do not underestimate the value of legislative staff.  Talking with them may be just as effective as talking with the Member directly.
  1. If you don't know who your Representative and Senators are, visit and enter your zip code.
  2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative's or Senator's office.  When connected, ask to speak to the person who works on health or disability issues, usually the Health Legislative Assistant (LA). Leave a voice mail message if you cannot get through directly.
  3. Identify yourself as a constituent. Explain the importance of respite to you personally and make your request.  Follow the directions on the NRC Legislative Alert for Action and Messages or use these talking points to make your case. (Prepare yourself in advance and practice the message).
  4. Ask the staff member if his/her boss will support your request.  If they do not commit, please ask them to get back to you.
  5. Say thank you.





Contact Congress 
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Legislative Action Center

NewNRC (3)(edited)

New! NRC Legislative Alert for FY 15 Lifespan Respite Funding, click here.

New! Rep. Langevin's FY 15 "Dear Colleague" Letter in support of FY 15 Lifespan Respite Funding, click here. 

Current List of Members signed on (March 31, 2014), click here.
Final FY14 Funding Levels for Lifespan Respite, National Family Caregiver Support Program and other key programs, click here
46 National Organizations Send Letter of Support for Lifespan Respite Reauthorization, click here.
NRC/Lifespan Respite Task Force position statement on Lifespan Respite Reauthorization, click here.
National Respite Coalition delivers two official statements to Senate HELP Committee Staff on OAA and Lifespan Respite Reauthorization (signed by 35 national organizations)