CLASS is Dismissed

Roger Collier

Posted 10/16/11 on Health Care Reform Update

It happened in the usual Washington way: first, the rumor, then the denial, and then (on a Friday, so as to miss the weekday press), the official admission. The Affordable Care Act’s Community Living Assistance Services and Support program (the CLASS Act) has been abandoned by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The CLASS Act and Britain’s New Long Term Care Insurance Proposal

Howard Gleckman

First posted 7/20/11 on Kaiser Health News

Since the 1990s, nearly every developed country on the planet has reformed the way it finances long-term care for the frail elderly and adults with disabilities. Among the handful of exceptions: The U.S. and the United Kingdom.

In 2010, Congress took a small step in the direction of reform when it passed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, a voluntary public insurance program that would provide a modest daily benefit for life. But even before the first policy is ever issued, a bipartisan group of senators has targeted it for repeal as part of a broad-based deficit reduction plan that has already won the support of President Obama.

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