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State Unveils Pilot Program to Support Working Caregivers

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Working caregivers who pay to support their kupuna can now apply for support to cover the cost of certain services.

Earlier this year, Governor David Ige signed Act 102 – a measure recognizing and providing support to working family caregivers.

Yesterday, the state Executive Office on Aging unveiled a pilot program called the “Kupuna Caregivers Program.”

Qualified individuals may receive up to $70 a day in services, such as adult day care, chore services, and transportation, which will be paid to a contracted service provider.

Terri Byers is the Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging.

Byers says the pilot program will support between 50 and 135 people in the state – depending on participant needs.

The program has a six month trial period, and the office will be looking at a variety of factors to determine its effectiveness.

More information can be found at http://www.hawaiiadrc.org.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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