The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program is inactive, according to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG).
“The CLASS office was officially abolished on April 18, 2012, with the publication of the Federal Register notice that incorporated the Administration on Aging into the newly created [Administration for Community Living],” Stuart Wright, an HHS OIG deputy inspector general, has written in a new CLASS program progress report. “No CLASS program activities took place after this time.”
The drafters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) put the CLASS Act provision in PPACA in an effort to create a voluntary, employee-paid mechanism for paying for long-term care (LTC) services.
The program would have been open to anyone with any kind of job, including workers with disabilities severe enough that they already could have qualified to receive conventional private long-term care insurance (LTCI) benefits, and critics questioned whether the program made actuarial sense.
A CLASS Act provision required the HHS OIG to report each year on the overall progress of the CLASS program and the existence of waste, fraud, and abuse in the program.