The responsibilities carried out by a caregiver is an invaluable, yet vital role within the lives of chronic pain patients. The informal caregiver often goes unnoticed by communities and policymakers, but Maine is attempting to change that this year.

LD 1919 would provide a refundable income tax credit of up to $2,000 to a taxpayer who personally provides at least 150 hours per year of personal care assistance services for the care and support of an eligible family member or spouse. If you’re a caregiver or pain warrior who supports this legislation, take action today! Your timely response is important, as the Joint Committee on Taxation has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6.

How to engage

  1. Send a letter to the committee – We’re asking that you take a moment to send a pre-written message through our online campaign.This letter can be edited as you see fit; we encourage you to share 1-3 lines about your personal pain journey and/or personal experiences as a caregiver.
  2. Attend the hearing – It would be fantastic to have volunteers and/or caregivers explain to the committee the invaluable service provided by caregivers and how this tax refund may prove beneficial for residents living with chronic pain. Here are the hearing details:
    Where: State House, Room 127
    Time: 1:00 pm EST
    Date: February 6, 2020

If you’re planning to testify, let us know that you’re attending here. (We’re also happy to help you prepare for the hearing!)

Thank you for engaging on this and other important legislation being proposed in Maine this session.

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