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NEWS 60 SECONDS WITH… CLASS Act offers ‘innovative’ Barbara Manard, Ph.D. VP of Long Term Care/ reform approach: Sebelius Health Strategies, AAHSA By Brett Bakshis workers could pay an average Q: The CLASS Act, with its ﬁrst- A Senate proposal to create of a $65-per-month premium. a national long-term care That could make them eligible ever proposed long-term care daily disability insurance pro- for at least $50 per day in long- Photo: Kansas Ofﬁce of the Governor beneﬁt, is causing unusually high gram gained a big stamp of term care and disability insur- optimism as of this writing, isn’t it? approval last month when a ance beneﬁts in the event they A: We’re thrilled with how it’s going. It’s cabinet member sent a letter have a disability. marvelous to have so much support on of support on behalf of Presi- This money would help both sides of the aisle. dent Obama to a committee pay for home- and communi- chairman. ty-based services or nursing Health and Human Ser- Kathleen Sebelius and the home care before Medicaid Q: This closely mirrors AAHSA’s vices Secretary Kathleen Obama administration have payments kick in. proposal, doesn’t it? Sebelius called the CLASS thrown their weight behind a The American Association proposed new long-term care A: Yes, but neither the AAHSA plan nor Act program “innovative” disability insurance program. of Homes and Services for the the Senate HELP Committee plan in a letter to Edward Ken- Aging, which has been advo- nedy (D-MA), the chair of would help ensure availability cating a similar insurance ben- dictates what the exact dollar (daily the Senate Committee on of long-term care services and eﬁt, was the loudest provider beneﬁt) must be. Just the average ben- Health, Education, Labor supports for individuals and group hailing the CLASS Act eﬁt should not be less than $50 per day. and Pensions. She also said families alike. endorsement. ■ It could be $50, for example, for two that passage of the measure Under the Kennedy plan, (For more, see article at left.) ADLs and $100 for four or more ADLs. Q: An
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