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House votes to repeal the CLASS Act

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program (also known as the CLASS Act). The House’s vote isn’t really surprising after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius indicated in October 2011 that the CLASS Act was not viable and that implementation of the program had been suspended. The CLASS Act was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and was intended to create a voluntary long-term care program. Under the program, individuals would be able to purchase long-term care insurance, and employers would be able to allow their employees to make contributions to the program through payroll deductions. Although the House voted to repeal the program, the U.S. Senate is not expected to do the same.