A 10-Foot Rope for a 50-Yard Drop: The CLASS Act in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(2012). A 10-Foot Rope for a 50-Yard Drop: The CLASS Act in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 24, 2, pp.136-151.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, part of the 2010 health care reform, would have paid a daily cash payment toward the costs of long-term care. This article points out that although the CLASS Act may have been sufficient to cover the costs of most home- and community-based services, it was an inadequate response to the most pressing long-term care financing problem facing baby boomers: nursing home care costs. The risk of needing a nursing home is higher than other catastrophic risks. Boomers lack savings to pay those costs. CLASS aimed to encourage people to use home- and community-based services to substitute for nursing home care, but research spanning decades shows there is little substitution effect (abstract from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08959420.2012.659141).
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