Republicans lobby for CLASS repeal; aging groups push back

Share this article:
Sen. Jay D. Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Jay D. Rockefeller (D-WV)
Senate Republicans are continuing to push for repeal of the CLASS Act.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) asked for a unanimous consent request Wednesday to officially kill the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, which the White House withdrew its support from last month. Sen. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) objected to Thune's proposal, saying it's possible CLASS could be revised to become financially sustainable.

“Those who are gloating today about the administration's decision not to carry forward with the CLASS Act are not the fiscal heroes they make themselves out to be,” Rockefeller said.

Meanwhile, more than 50 elderly and disability rights advocates, including AARP and LeadingAge, signed and sent a letter to House leaders Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asking them to reject further efforts to repeal CLASS.

“Rather than repeal CLASS, we urge continued dialogue and development of a viable path forward. The need to address LTSS (long-term services and supports) and how these services will be paid for in a way that is affordable to individuals and society as a whole will not go away,” the letter states.

Click here to read the letter.

Share this article:

More in News

House leader urges HHS to end settlements meant to cut Medicare backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services may not have had the authority to offer providers special settlements to help clear a huge backlog of Medicare appeals, a leading Congressman said in a recent letter to the agency. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is urging HHS ...

One-fifth of caregivers take 6 months or longer to choose a senior ...

A significant number of people take six months or longer to choose a senior care or housing option for a loved one, recently released survey results showed.

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.