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Republican Senators Seek Repeal of Long-Term-Care Provision in Health Reform

Several Republican Senators are seeking to repeal a provision in the U.S. health care reform law that created a government-run long-term care program. Sen. Lindsey...
October 19, 2010

Several Republican Senators are seeking to repeal a provision in the U.S. health care reform law that created a government-run long-term care program. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS). Under the program, the government can start collecting premiums next year, according to a statement. It creates the government-run program that provides an average benefit of no less than $50 a day for long-term care services, such as at-home care. Separately, U.S. Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-La.) this summer introduced a bill requiring Congress to vote specifically on the fiscal stability of CLASS before it can be put into effect. Critics have said that while the program will take in tens of billions during its initial years, once it starts paying benefits, it may eventually pay more than it receives in premiums. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office  predicted that point would be reached in 2029. Insurers are skeptical of CLASS and are not sure yet if it will benefit or hurt private long-term care insurance.

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