The federal Commission on Long-Term Care (LTC) — the panel created when Congress repealed the CLASS Act — had only a little time to grapple with a complex issue.
The panel had just a few months to try to improve the U.S. LTC delivery and finance systems.
Few expected it to come up with an ambitious proposal that could attract broad, bipartisan support in Congress.
That said, there was always the chance that advocates for a new social program could grab the agenda.
Members of my group, the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) (AALTCI) (AALTCI) (AALTCI), support private long-term care insurance (LTCI) and tend to associate with others who do. But not everyone in the world advocates for the existence of private LTCI.
There was always a chance that the people who created the original, doomed, CLASS Act voluntary government LTC benefits program would use the commission’s reform design project as a chance to propose a CLASS 2.0 program.
However, in the end, when the commission released its report and recommendations, it did not recommend a CLASS 2.0 program, or much of anything else to address the looming long-term-care crisis.