In a letter to Congress dated October 14, the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that there is currently no viable path forward for implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. Established under the Affordable Care Act, the CLASS program was intended to operate as a voluntary, federally administered insurance program through which eligible enrollees would receive benefits to purchase long-term care services and supports necessary to live independently in the community. The law required the HHS Secretary to design a benefit plan that would be actuarially sound and financially solvent for at least 75 years.
The Secretary's letter to Congress about the CLASS program may be viewed by clicking here. You may also read the full HHS report, A Report on the Actuarial, Marketing, and Legal Analyses of the CLASS Program. For more on the Affordable Care Act, please visit our section on Health Care Reform.