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CLASS Act Scrapped? - September 23, 2011

Not yet, but its future looks dim. The Affordable Care Act created the CLASS Act, a national voluntary insurance program designed to help those who participate pay for community-based and long-term care services in the event they become functionally disabled. It was intended to expand community-based services to allow individuals to remain in their  homes and provide working adults with an opportunity to plan for future long-term care needs. There is wide-spread speculation that the program will not be implemented by the Obama Administration due to concerns over the program's solvency. This speculation increased yesterday when the actuary hired to run the CLASS program notified colleagues via email that HHS had decided to close the CLASS office. While HHS denies that it is closing the CLASS office, it admits that whether the CLASS Act will be implemented is an "open question."