«In the Pacific Northwest, lawmakers have acted to help defray the exorbitant costs of family caregiving. More needs to be done.
Most families cobble together caregiving arrangements for children, elders, and loved ones with disabilities through some mix of free care from relatives, modest home care options, or pricey institutional settings. Paying for these arrangements when necessary is one of the greatest trials facing American workers. The national caregiving crisis has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the weak federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, a dubious bargain of limited, unpaid time off.
In the face of federal neglect, states have begun to step up to lighten the burden, offering assistance to families struggling with child care, elder care, and paid leave. But nowhere has the care infrastructure been built as comprehensively as in Washington state.»

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