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Biden Administration Takes Monumental Stand for Caregivers, Issues Executive Order with 50 Directives to Federal Agencies to Support the Care Economy
WASHINGTON D.C. – This morning, the Biden Administration released the largest slate of executive actions for care in history through an unprecedented executive order that includes 50 different directives to federal agencies to address affordability and quality of child care, long-term care for aging and disabled adults, and job quality of the care workforce.
Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of Caring Across Generations, released the following statement:
“Today’s executive order is the largest set of executive actions for care in history and embodies the transformative policy shift millions have been demanding for years. These historic policies will create systemic improvements for our country’s care infrastructure, reflecting just how much care is now recognized as the heart of our economy, as a job-enabling industry, and as the human experience that connects us all.
“This unprecedented and historic executive order shifts the way the federal government conducts its business by leveraging the knowledge of care advocates, investing in data-proven ways to improve access to care, and supporting the work of care so it is both visible and valued.
“From ensuring care jobs are good jobs to a new demonstration program to increase access to respite care for family caregivers, this comprehensive order addresses the care economy across the spectrum, from child care to aging and disability care. The Biden Administration is doing everything within their executive power to improve the care economy in this country because they have heard our calls and seen the growing power of the care movement across the country.
“The collective solutions are all here to ensure care is both valued and visible. Let’s be clear: Investing in care benefits everyone. It is an economic, practical, and moral imperative. Our work is far from over, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration on investments for a strong care infrastructure that will meet the needs of 21st century families.”
Caring Across Generations is a national organization of family caregivers, care workers, disabled people, and aging adults working to transform the way we care in this country so that care is accessible, affordable and equitable — and our systems of care enable everyone to live and age with dignity. To achieve our vision, we transform cultural norms and narratives about aging, disability and care; win federal and state-level policies; and build power amongst the people touched by care. For more information, visit caringacross.org.