Bill backed by Senator Casey to help caregiver grandparents passes

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2018 12:07 PM

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks about President Donald Trump's first 100 days, during a media availability on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Portland, Maine) -- The U.S. Senate has passed an act proposed by Pennsylvania's senior senator and a Republican from Maine to provide support for grandparents who are raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid epidemic.

Democratic Senator Bob Casey and GOP Senator Susan Collins back the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act -- which would create a federal task force about the subject.

Collins says the bill would provide help for grandparents who "are increasingly coming to the rescue" and taking on the role of care provider for grandchildren as the opioid addiction crisis grows.

The senators say more than a million grandchildren are in grandparents' care. The bill is co-sponsored by a group of 15 senators and supported by AARP.

The U.S. House must also pass the legislation before it can become law.

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