Buttigieg wants to create a federal long-term care benefit

Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Ind., released a long-term care plan that proposes creating a $90 per day long-term care benefit, based on income, for adults over age 65.

The "Long-Term Care America" benefit would be adjusted based on inflation and region, and could be used for home healthcare, assisted living or nursing home facilities. It would cover "most catastrophic" costs.

Within his long-term care plan, Mr. Buttigieg also outlined plans to strengthen the private long-term care insurance market by creating a marketplace for long-term care insurance and incentives for employers to offer the benefits. Mr. Buttigieg also pledged to improve pay and benefits for home care workers and full-time unpaid caregivers. He would set a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour for all home care workers, require employers to offer 12-week paid family leave for caregivers, and expand Social Security benefits to full-time caregivers of children and disabled or elderly adults.

Read more about the plan here.


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