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HHS Suspends Implementation of CLASS Act; Obama Opposes Repeal

October 17, 2011

HHS informed congressional leaders Friday that it will not move forward on implementation of the CLASS Program, because the department has concluded the program is not financially sustainable.

President Obama is against repealing the health law's long-term care CLASS Act and might veto Republican efforts to do so, an administration official tells The Hill, despite the government's announcement Friday that the program was dead in the water. "We do not support repeal," the official said Monday. "Repealing the CLASS Act isn't necessary or productive. What we should be doing is working together to address the long-term care challenges we face in this country."

ANCOR is disappointed that HHS has decided prematurely not to move forward with implementation of the CLASS program “at this time.”The President made a commitment in support of the CLASS program and ANCOR believes that the actuarial report demonstrates that there are other options that HHS can explore to implement this new law.

Advance CLASS released a press releaseon the topic.