Disability and aging advocates ask that HHS to be given time to develop CLASS program

The Urban Institute held a panel presentation on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program and what can be done to “fix” it.  The CLASS Act was passed as part of the health care reform act to establish a voluntary long term services insurance plan to assist people to meet their needs without impoverishing themselves to qualify for Medicaid.  Marty Ford of the DPC was a member of the 6-person Urban Institute panel.  Ms. Ford made the point that the Secretary of Health and Human Services has been given the responsibility to develop a plan that is actuarially sound and that the Secretary should be given the time and resources she needs to develop the plan which will be offered to the public. A similar message was delivered by Rhonda Richards representing AARP. For more information, including the archived webcast, see http://www.urban.org/events/How-to-Fix-the-Class-Act.cfm

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