Senate Bill Seeks to Create New Home-Based Care Delivery Systems, Boost Caregiver Wages

In an effort to address the growing demand for home care services and worsening labor crunch, one U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that could help providers raise wages for their caregivers.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced S. 3277 — the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Infrastructure Improvement Act — into the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

The HCBS Infrastructure Improvement Act is designed to provide one-time federal funding to states allowing them to create new programs and initiatives focused on improving the lives of older adults. The bill would give states new flexibilities for how they deploy and support their home- and community-based services, including funding for possible wage and benefits increases for home-based caregivers.

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