HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced that House Bill 464
was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf today as Act 20 of 2021. The new law expands the criteria of the Family Caregiver Support Program to mirror federal eligibility standards.
“I am grateful for the support of my House and Senate colleagues and a signature from the Governor on my bill to update the Family Caregiver Support Act,” said Boback. “This new law, which will go into effect in 60 days, is not only important to caregivers and their families in my district, but all of Pennsylvania. Expanding the protections provided under the Family Caregiver Support Act, and removing maximum reimbursement rates for out-of-pocket expenses, home medications and assistive device expenses, is necessary. The enactment of this bill enables Pennsylvania to further assist those across the Commonwealth who need it most, like our grandparents who have been tasked with raising their grandchildren.”
Act 20 of 2021 amends Act 204 of 1990, the Family Caregiver Support Program, which eases the stresses of caregiving by supporting the well-being of the caregivers. Those individuals who provide care for older adults or those with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders, grandparents raising grandchildren, and grandparents raising adult children living with disability may be eligible to receive supports under the program.