Members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Tuesday voted to approve legislation that would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act included in the healthcare reform law.
Subcommittee votes to repeal CLASS Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tasked HHS with developing a benefit plan for CLASS, a voluntary long-term-care insurance program, that was financially sustainable and also met the legal requirements of the statute. Last month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the agency had not identified a way to make the program work, and it was suspended.
Meanwhile, Republican House members are determined to eliminate the program so that it does not resurface.
“Today, we voted to start over on long-term-care reform—an issue that is important to all of us as we hear from constituents regularly about the growing cost of long-term-care services,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, said during the health subcommittee's consideration of the bill. “We will begin that process, but first we must take CLASS off the books.”
The legislation—which the subcommittee approved by a voice vote—will now move to the full committee for its consideration.
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