Two weeks ago, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the deapartment was not going to move forward on implementing the CLASS program “at this time.”President Obama immediately stated that he opposed the repeal of CLASS.
ANCOR rejected the conclusions upon which HHS reached its decision. ANCOR believes that the HHS report upon which its decision is based does include actuarial findings that demonstrate a fiscally viable way to move forward on CLASS.
In meetings with HHS and White House representatives, ANCOR said that HHS’ decision shuts down discussions for more than two decades to address this issue and will prevent future Congressional efforts to establish a private mechanism for paying for long-term services.
Yesterday, Senator John Thune (R-SD) tried to repeal CLASS, but Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) blocked a vote by the Senate.
CLASS would help reduce the federal and state fiscal pressures on Medicaid spending for long-term services and supports.While Congress is considering cuts to the Medicaid program, it does not make sense to stop efforts to develop a responsible way for Americans to plan and help pay for meeting their long-term services in the future.
Urge your Senators to oppose efforts to repeal CLASS.See theattached talking points.