Leaders of a National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) panel are asking the federal government for a chance to help shape the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act(CLASS Act) long term care insurance program.
The lawmakers are Michigan state Rep. Barb Byrum D-Ingham County, Mich., chairman of the Health, Long-Term Care & Health Retirement Issues Committee at NCOIL, Troy, N.Y., and Pennsylvania state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre County, Pa., the vice chair.
The CLASS Act section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (2010) is supposed to create a voluntary, worker-funded LTC program. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo., has played a prominent role in developing CLASS program regulations and other PPACA regulations. NCOIL has also been working to make its voice heard in PPACA implementation efforts.
“As you move forward with the implementation process, NCOIL would welcome the opportunity to provide input and expertise in designing an effective program, as state legislatures have worked diligently over the years to create and nurture their thriving insurance markets,” Byrum and Corman write in their letter, which is addressed to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.