May 29, 2013. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, which had directed the federal government to establish a voluntary, public long-term care insurance program as part of the health care reform law, was repealed earlier this year. Prior to the repeal, the Obama administration had stopped the implementation of the CLASS program, owing to its many flaws.
In addition to repealing the CLASS Act, the fiscal cliff law mandated the establishment of a 15-member commission to recommend a legislative "plan for the establishment, implementation and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for individuals in need of such services and supports."
The president recently appointed the three individuals to this new federal commission on long-term care, filling the roster of members. Therefore, as the commission gets organized and begins it work, it is appropriate to now consider what information should be gathered and what questions should be answered before any recommendations can be made.
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