Our Fight Against CLASS Repeal Continues

Members | November 13, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has approved a bill repealing the CLASS program for consideration by the full House. We at LeadingAge are disappointed, but not surprised, by the committee's vote. We also are concerned about efforts in the Senate to repeal CLASS through amendments to other legislation. Now is the time to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose the CLASS repeal and help make long-term services and supports affordable in America.

On Nov. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011 (H.R. 1173), a bill would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act insurance program. House leadership indicated that the bill may come to the floor for a full U.S. House vote before the end of 2011 or in early 2012.

We encourage all LeadingAge members to Contact Congress and tell your legislators to continue supporting the CLASS Act. 

We at LeadingAge are disappointed, but not surprised, by the committee's vote. However, we are also grateful to the committee members who voted against repeal for their continued support. 

We continue to strongly support the CLASS Act as a framework for a desperately needed way to help individuals plan and pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS).   

On the U.S. Senate side

On the U.S. Senate side, Sen. John Thune (SD) has introduced a companion bill, which we are following very closely, as efforts continue to be made to bring the Senate bill to a vote without going through the normal committee process. 

Thune has been trying since early November to repeal the CLASS Act. We are continuing to work with the Senate to urge them to vote down any and all efforts to repeal the CLASS Act. 

If not CLASS, then what?

Several thought leaders recently have publicly asked a version of our question, “If not CLASS, then what?” 

We are working with our partner group Advance CLASS to keep the conversation about paying for long-term services and supports going. 

Thank you for your help.