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AARP Kansas Urges the Legislature to Pass the 'CARE Act'


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(OPEN):
THE "KANSAS LEGISLATURE" IS CONSIDERING THE "CARE ACT"--WHICH IS AIMED AT BETTER SUPPORTING THE STATE'S NEARLY 350-THOUSAND FAMILY-CAREGIVERS.  AND, "A-A-R-P KANSAS" STATE-DIRECTOR, MAREN [AS IN "KAREN"] TURNER, URGES LAWMAKERS TO PASS THE BILL THIS SESSION...

(TURNER):
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EACH YEAR, FAMILY-CAREGIVERS, THROUGHOUT KANSAS, PROVIDE ALMOST FOUR-BILLION DOLLARS IN UNPAID CARE THAT HELPS THEIR PARENTS, SPOUSES, AND OTHER LOVED-ONES LIVE AT HOME--INSTEAD OF IN COSTLY, TAXPAYER-FUNDED INSTITUTIONS.  THESE CAREGIVERS HELP WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING--INCLUDING MEDICAL- AND NURSING-TASKS--USUALLY WITH NO TRAINING.  THE 'CARE ACT' IS A NO-COST, COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO SUPPORT FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--WHEN THEIR LOVED-ONES GO INTO THE HOSPITAL, AND AS THEY TRANSITION HOME."

(BRIDGE):
CHARITY CHRANS [LIKE "KRANZ"], OF WICHITA, SAYS THAT THE BILL IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO HER...

(CHRANS):
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MY GRANDMOTHER SUFFERED A STROKE, SEVERAL YEARS AGO.  AND, RIGHT NOW, I'M WITH HER DAILY--HELPING HER GET UP AND DRESSED IN THE MORNING, AND HELPING TAKE CARE OF HER NEEDS UNTIL I GO TO WORK.  IF SHE GOES BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL, I WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO DO, TO TAKE CARE OF HER--WHEN SHE COMES HOME.  I DON'T WANT HER TO END UP BACK IN THE HOSPITAL--OR IN A NURSING-HOME.  AND, THE 'CARE ACT' WOULD HELP PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING."

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THE BILL IS AWAITING ACTION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' "HEALTH AND HUMAN-SERVICES COMMITTEE".  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"K-S".



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