Fiscal Cliff Deal Impacts Long Term Care

The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 includes the following two provisions relevant to the LTSS community:

  • Repeal of the CLASS Program:  Implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports(CLASS) program, which was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and subsequently suspended in October 2011, was unceremoniously  repealed by the Taxpayer Relief Act.
  • Creation of a Commission on Long-Term Care: The Commission, to be comprised of fifteen individuals  (three each appointed by the Speaker, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader and the President) will focus on how the Medicare and Medicaid programs, along with the private long-term care insurance market can better meet the needs of individuals.  The Commission will be comprised of members from the aging and disability communities. Although the Commission will have six months to submit its report to Congress on legislative and administration recommendations, there appears to be no requirement that Congress will need to vote on the findings.

Repeal of the CLASS Program is no surprise, but the creation of a Commission on LTC may be a hopeful sign of future innovation for funding LTSS. On the other hand, there is a long history of Congressional commissions leading to inaction. Learn more on Twitter @aginginchicago

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    Bruce Lederman has over 25 years experience in the senior care field as a direct care provider and thought leader. Bruce was CEO and president of his own firm that operated skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. He is a former nursing home administrator and has consulted to numerous elder care providers on planning for strategic growth as well as process improvement. Recently he served as board chair of CJE SeniorLife, a leading non-profit elder care provider in the Chicago area. Bruce is currently employed as chief strategy officer for a company providing skilled nursing services in communities throughout Illinois and Missouri.

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