FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 2, 2013
CONTACT: Connie Garner
Advance CLASS Releases Statement on Repeal of CLASS Legislation
Washington, DC - Yesterday, Congress took a step backwards from solving an acute American problem with its repeal of CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports) legislation. The CLASS Act provided a framework for addressing how our country pays for long-term services and supports, and this framework could have been adjusted and implemented to help millions of American families who struggle with paying for the care they need.
"Advance CLASS and its member organizations are extremely disappointed that Congress and the Administration chose to remove the CLASS Act from law. However, we are grateful to Senator Rockefeller for intervening, and hopefully, the bipartisan Commission he argued to establish in its place will work quickly and aggressively to propose a plan that holds true to the core principles of the CLASS Act: broad participation, supporting personal responsibility, and flexibility in choice of long-term services and supports," said Connie Garner, Executive Director of the Advance CLASS coalition.
Advance CLASS and its member organizations will continue to advocate for policy solutions and a strong and vital long-term services and supports program that will help make it affordable for Americans to get long-term services and supports they need for years to come.