There are more than 43 million unpaid caregivers in the United States. Many of them — mostly women taking care of spouses or aging parents — have to leave their jobs and forfeit years of retirement and Social Security contributions.
The call to expand Social Security benefits for these family caretakers has grown among Democrats in Congress.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, about the statistics and Hunt's argument in favor of expanded benefits.
This segment aired on November 1, 2016.