Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is co-sponsoring legislation with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to provide tax help for people who are caring for aging family members at home.Klobuchar told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the burden of taking care of aging family members is causing financial woes for people all across Minnesota.
"There will be more people turning 65 in the next decade than in the previous four decades combined," Klobuchar said. "So, we have a wave of people in Minnesota who will be taking care of aging loved ones at home and financially they are going to need assistance."Klobuchar said Medicaid access will still be an important part of what she is trying to accomplish, but providing a tax credit for families who take on home health care duties is very key to her proposed bill."Our bill would allow families who qualify for tax credits to help offset expenses of up to $6,000 a year for things like purchasing assistive technologies, fees for a care center or making modifications to a house," Klobuchar said.
Beth Magnusson told KSTP long-term care for her mother is something her family is stepping up to do, but with her mother, Barb Bruns, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at just 57 years old, the costs could someday be very tough to cover."We know she has a lot of life to live, but we also need to advocate for others, because no one should have to face this," Magnusson said. "And, I have to advocate to find a cure for this and stop this heartache and to support other families, like mine, who are caring for their loved ones."Klobuchar said she hopes to introduce the bill sometime this fall.