The controversial long-term disability insurance program, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program or CLASS, had a rough month in September. But the Obama administration hopes a report, expected out this week, might clear some of the bad air.
The insurance program, established under the 2010 health reform law, is on an indefinite hiatus. Staff at the CLASS office within HHS were reassigned last month. Senate Democrats removed all funding for CLASS in the Labor-Health and Human Services 2012 spending bill because program "implementation has been delayed." The program was originally intended to start collecting premiums in October 2012.
Assistant Secretary on Aging Kathy Greenlee said the report would include "recommendations about how to proceed."
Do you think the CLASS program can be saved? Is it possible to tweak the voluntary program so the premiums collected can cover the cost of benefits?
If not, what is needed for the estimated 10 million Americans that need long-term support services not covered in traditional health insurance plans?