AARP is supporting Governor Cuomo's bill for
PAID FAMILY LEAVE
INSURANCE - This bill would be funded by employee contributions.
It is an expansion of the current Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which guarantees unpaid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for seriously ill family member. However, FMLA is only available to 60% of families in the US. (US Dept. of Labor Feb 2013)
Only three states have enacted Paid Family Leave laws (PFL). California, New Jersey and Rhode Island lead the way in the important legislation. In these states employees can receive a portion of their wages while they care for a loved one, thereby helping them to remain financially stable, lowering the stress emotional stress of caregiving.
A 2009 Statewide poll of New York voters showed widespread support for PFL legislation; 76% favored or strongly favored extending New York's temporary disability insurance program to provide up to 12 weeks a year of paid family leave. In fact, the support was significant among women; 82% of New York state women favor or strongly favor .PFL. (Marist College Institute for Public Opinion) 83% of New York small business owners supported expanding the state's temporary disability insurance program via a small employee contribution. (Small Business Majority 2013)
Expanding Health Tasks by Advanced Home Health Aides
"Allowing properly supervised advanced home health aides to perform more health tasks, such as administering eye and ear drops, is one common sense step to help relieve the growing strain on family caregivers.
"Many caregivers are faced with trying to juggle demands at their own workplace with providing important, basic health tasks for their older parents, spouses and other loved ones at home.
"Helping caregivers is critical, since they allow our older loved ones to age with dignity and independence at home - where the vast majority want to be - rather than in much costlier and mostly taxpayer-funded institutional care settings.
"New York's nearly 2.6 million unpaid family caregivers
provide care valued at $31.3 billion
annually. AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for continuing to press this issue with the Legislature, and we hope lawmakers join him in recognizing that the need to support our family caregivers through this and other common sense solutions is both compassionate and cost-effective." (AARP State Director- Beth Finkel)