Care delivered by family members in CSG’s Eastern Region worth almost $100 billion, but future is uncertain

In 2013 over eight million residents of CSG/ERC states provided billions of hours in unpaid critical health care services to family members according to an updated report by AARP. The value of that care was just under $100 billion, similar to what the region spends on Medicaid in total. Family care is expanding and becoming a vital piece of our health care system, as the job becomes more complex, costly, stressful and demanding. Most caregivers are employed, making this a business concern as much as a health system issue. The report outlines key challenges facing caregivers and policy recommendations that could help.

  Number of family caregivers (thousands) Value of their care

($ billions)

CT 459 5.93
DE 123 1.58
ME 178 2.22
MD 771 9.39
MA 844 11.6
NH 173 2.33
NJ 1,120 13.6
NY 2,580 31.3
PA 1,650 19.2
RI 134 1.78
VT 75 1.01
Total 8,107 99.94