For Family Caretakers, A Push For Social Security Expansion09:38
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Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House in July 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House in July 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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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.

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Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. The organization tweets @NA4Caregiving.

This segment aired on November 1, 2016.

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