A group of congressional Republicans issued a report on Thursday claiming that a piece of President Barack Obama’s health-care law calling for long-term care insurance, also known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, is financially insolvent.
The report, issued by a group of Republican House and Senate leaders, charged with implementing the health-care law, is titled “Class’ Untold Story: Taxpayers, Employers, and States on the Hook for Flawed Entitlement Program.” It says, among other things, that the Department of Health and Human Services knew of the program’s shortfalls but kept the information both from Congress and the public. HHS did not return calls for comment.
A year ago, as reported in Investment Advisor magazine, the program was to have required participants to opt out rather than in, to avoid low participation, and the collecting of premiums for five years before people would even be allowed to receive benefits was to have given the coverage a sound financial footing. However, in its final form, apparently none of the provisions that would have made it a workable option remained, according to the report.