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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Who Will Pay For Long Term Care Around the World?

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published  5/31/11 on Health Populi

By 2050, the demand for long-term care (LTC) workers will more than double in the developed world, from Norway and New Zealand to Japan and the U.S. Aging populations with growing incidence of disabilities, looser family ties, and more women in the labor force are driving this reality. This is a multi-dimensional problem which requires looking beyond the issue of the simple aging demographic.

Help Wanted? is an apt title for the report from The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), subtitled, “providing and paying for long-term care.” The report details the complex forces exacerbating the LTC carer shortage, focusing on the fact that current policies to address this future are fragmented and piecemeal. Instead, OECD argues, policymakers must smartly weave together a comprehensive approach that addresses the many facets of the problem.

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