CLASS Dismissed: Obama Administration Pulls Plug On Long-Term Care Program

Kaiser Health News staff writers Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey report: "Federal officials on Friday effectively shut down part of the health care law that would have helped consumers cover some long-term-care costs, saying they could not find a way to make it work financially. After looking at a variety of options, the Obama administration determined the CLASS Act program could not simultaneously meet three important criteria: be self-sustaining, financially sound for 75 years and affordable to consumers" (10/14). Read the story.

KHN's coverage also includes a sidebar detailing what has been said about the CLASS program – by both its supporters and opponents; and The Urban Institute's Howard Gleckman offers his view on what comes next.

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