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Sebelius: Current CLASS Structure Not Viable

“The challenge … is not going away.”

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has written to Congress to acknowledge that her department could not figure out how to make the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program make sense.

“Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” Sebelius says in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, voiced concern that the death of the program, which he had strongly criticized throughout the drafting process as unviable, should not impact efforts to deal with products aimed at helping people who need long-term care.

"The cessation of efforts to implement the CLASS Act does not eliminate the financial long-term care tsunami about to impact American families and taxpayers who already bear much of the cost," Slome said.

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