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Biden's executive order falls short on funding for caregivers, advocates say

Published: Monday, April 24, 2023 - 12:02pm
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Last week, President Joe Biden issued an executive order designed to improve caregiving for children, seniors and people with developmental disabilities. It was what White House officials called the most “comprehensive set of executive actions any president has ever taken to improve care.”

The executive order includes more than 50 directives to nearly every Cabinet-level federal agency. It comes after Biden failed to convince Congress to pass a $400 billion injection into the country’s caregiving infrastructure. But Sara Luterman says it’s no substitute for that kind of funding. Luterman covers caregiving for nonprofit newsroom the 19th. The Show spoke with her more about it.

The Show also checked in with Jon Meyers, executive director of Arizona’s Developmental Disability Planning Council. His position is funded by the Administration for Community Living, which celebrated the executive order at the White House when it was announced. But while Meyers appreciates what it represents, he agrees it all comes down to funding — and there’s none of that in this executive order.

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