The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act is the first comprehensive law in a generation to improve the care and safety of the elderly and persons with disabilities in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. When they are fully implemented in 2013, its Nursing Home Transparency and Elder Justice provisions in the law will provide:
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act
What is the CLASS Act?
The CLASS Act was passed as a part of the Affordable Care Act to address long-term care affordability, and quality of care concerns. The law sought to allow those receiving long-term care to continue living in the community, or better afford their nursing home care. The CLASS system would have provided cash payments for individuals that paid into the voluntary program for non-medical long-term services and supports. However, the CLASS Act was repealed by Congress in early 2013 and replaced by a Long-Term Care Commission - a soon-to-be chosen fifteen member panel with members appointed by the White House and bipartisan leaders from the House and Senate. The broad goal is for the commission to work towards a national plan for the establishment, implementation and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, high-quality system that ensures long-term care availability. The commission is charged with submitting a plan six months after members are selected. Stay tuned for further information about the makeup and work of this commission.
Resources on health care reform, The CLASS Act, seniors and long-term care:
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Kaiser Family Foundation
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Council on Aging
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Health Affairs