Care Act for Elderly

Passage Likely for Care Act for Elderly, People with Mental Illness

The Care Act, a top priority for AARP, provides elderly patients with caregiver assistance before leaving the hospital. A similar policy is moving forward for hospitals to adopt discharge policies for patients whose stay results from a mental health crisis.

The House Health Committee is moving forward with two bills to close a coverage gap -- linking people who need special assistance with information about a caregiver or supportive person before they leave the hospital.

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