Friday, February 11, 2011

Sebelius Vows To Ensure CLASS Program Is Financially Viable - Kaiser Health News

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By Marilyn Werber Serafini

The Obama administration is working aggressively to fend off critics of the CLASS Act, a voluntary insurance program created by the new health law to help individuals who require long-term care remain in the community. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today promised to pursue changes to ensure the program is financially self-sustaining into the future.

The Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act, to be run by HHS, would provide cash benefits that could be used for a variety of non-medical expenses, such as paying for a home health aide or a family member who provides care, modifications to a home and special transportation needs.

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