The Healthy Families Act Fact SheetEvery year, millions of America’s children get sick. Every year, however, at least 40 million private sector workers, many of whom are parents, are often unable to stay home to care for their sick children because they cannot afford to lose wages. The Healthy Families Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), provides sick leave for working families to be used for a variety of health reasons.