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Caregiving and Retirement Security: Top Legislative Issues for Women

PHOTO: Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, spoke about caregiving issues and retirement security at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Legislative Briefing Sunday. Photo courtesy of AARP.
PHOTO: Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, spoke about caregiving issues and retirement security at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Legislative Briefing Sunday. Photo courtesy of AARP.
January 26, 2015

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Caregiving and retirement security are two of the big issues for women in Maryland.

Hundreds of women attending a legislative briefing Sunday in Rockville learned about how families facing those challenges could be helped.

One option the General Assembly is expected to consider in Maryland is the CARE Act (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act), which would require hospitals to train caregivers before a patient is discharged.

Nancy LeaMond, AARP's State and National group executive vice president, spoke at the event.

"This is a bill we think is common sense,” she said. “It doesn't cost the Treasury anything, and last year the law was signed by Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey and Gov. Mary Fallin in Oklahoma. And we're very much hoping that Maryland is going to be next on the list."

LeaMond also shared statistics about Maryland caregivers.

She said it's usually a 49-year-old working woman, and while men also fit the role, it's mostly women.

Caregivers in Maryland provide more than $8 billion in uncompensated services each year.

LeaMond added that finances can get complicated for the silent army of caregivers, and women tend to face more financial challenges than men – especially in later years.

"They're living longer and need to have those assets last longer,” she pointed out. “They're still typically paid less than men, and women are more likely to be primary caregivers."

One idea for legislative consideration is a work-and-save plan, similar to a 401k, with automatic deposits through payroll.

The briefing was coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, and AARP was a sponsor.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD