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On Jan. 1, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), which avoids the so-called fiscal cliff by:
In addition, the legislation repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act and creates a Long-Term Care Commission similar to one LeadingAge had supported to address the broad question of how to best provide long-term services and supports.
Here is a top-line review of major provisions in the bill that affects our members and the people we serve. We will be preparing a more in-depth analysis.
The bill repealed the CLASS Act and replaced with the establishment of a commission to develop a plan for better financing and delivery of long-term care services. The creation of the commission is in line with our advocacy agenda around financing long-term services and supports.
We will work aggressively with Congress and the White House to support the commission’s work.
With the exception of the repeal of the CLASS Act, this legislation avoids significant reductions in our programs, but leaves significant questions about reforming the tax code, entitlement “reform,” long-term care, and funding for housing for the rest of this year.