Today, July 15, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2022 appropriations bill for programs in its jurisdiction. The bill includes $14.2 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program, the amount requested by the President and double the amount appropriated in FY 2021. The National Respite Coalition had previously sent a letter from 52 national organizations to House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting this amount. The bill also includes $249.9 million for the National Family Caregiver Support program (NFCSP), which is $61 million above last year’s funding level.
ACTION: Grassroots action is the most important way to ensure increased funding for Lifespan Respite and other critical programs. To find out how, see the most recent National Respite Coalition Alert and share with your networks.
Thank Committee Members. Most importantly, if your Representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee, thank them for their support!
Contact your U.S. Senators. The schedule for Senate action is uncertain, but it is never too early to contact your Senators and urge them to support $14.2 million for the Lifespan Respite Care program and $249.9 million for the NFCSP in the Senate Appropriations bill.
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