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HHS Halts Implementation of the CLASS Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans today (October 14, 2011) to halt implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS Act is a voluntary, federally administered long-term care insurance program introduced in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program would have provided benefits to purchase long-term services and supports. Details regarding implementation and enrollment were to be announced by October 1, 2011.

Secretary Sebelius sent a letter to congressional leaders today noting no “viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time.” The ACA conditioned implementation of the CLASS program on certification that the program would be actuarially sound and financially solvent for 75 years. However, HHS actuaries and the Congressional Budget Office could not find a way to meet these contingencies

Secretary Sebelius emphasized the continued need for affordable long-term care services and the lack of viable options in the current market.

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Meghan C. O'Connor, Health Care Attorney, Von Briesen Law Firm

Meghan O’Connor is a member of the Health Care Section and the Government Relations and Regulatory Law Section. She advises clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance, corporate, and transactional matters, including: HIPAA, HITECH, and other federal and state confidentiality laws; provider and vendor contracting; health care reform, Medicare, and Medicaid compliance; patient care and risk management issues; managed care; insurance regulation; and clinical integration and accountable care networks.

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