CLASS ACT Update
Throughout 2010 the Obama Administration vigorously promoted the argument that health care reform was critical to improve the federal government’s fiscal outlook and that the Class Act was a very important spoke to the Healthcare Reform wheel.
Questions arose about the future of the CLASS program. At that time, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that the CLASS Program would only be implemented if it could be fiscally solvent, self-sustaining and consistent with the statute.
Well, on October 14, Kathleen Sebelius, HHS announced that she was pulling the plug on the “CLASS Act”, a long-term care insurance program contained in the health care law pushed through Congress in 2010. The program had to be killed because there was no way to operate it in an actually sound manner.
So, where do we go from here, it is probably a great bet that nothing will be done until after the 2012 election. If President Obama is re-elected, then HHS will decide whether to revisit CLASS. If the Republicans win the White House and more of Congress, then CLASS could be ended along with Health Care Reform.