Representative Patrick Corey (R-Windham) has received the AARP Maine Capitol Caregivers Award. He joins a bipartisan group of elected officials from 30 states, including Maine, advancing policies to bring more help to family caregivers. Rep. Corey was presented with a “Capitol Caregiver” certificate in recognition of his efforts on January 21, 2020.
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Rep. Corey sponsored successful legislation to support family caregivers. LD 84 - "Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Allow Spouses To Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible MaineCare Members" will help spouses remain in their homes.
According to a recent AARP press release: “This new law will help many of the more than 181,000 family caregivers in Maine who help their spouses to remain in their homes and communities,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “AARP Maine applauds Rep. Corey’s efforts on behalf of Maine’s family caregivers and their loved ones.”
“The need for this legislation was brought to my attention by two of my constituents, John and Linda Gregoire of Windham,” said Rep. Corey. “Their plight is similar to other family caregivers across Maine. They collectively provide unpaid care at approximately $2.2 billion annually. The new law will help make the difficult responsibility of caregiving for a spouse a little easier.”
The plight of John and Linda Gregoire of Windham has been well documented in the Maine news media. John has ALS, requiring 24-hour care from his wife, Linda. Rep. Corey’s succeeded in passing the legislation on his second attempt.
Rep. Corey, a self-employed creative director and marketer, is serving his third term representing District 25: Windham (part). He previously served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization and Implementation. He is now a member of the Maine Marijuana Advisory Commission.