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The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act: Major Legislative Provisions
January 3, 2013


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


Update (January 3, 2013) — In 2010, Congress enacted the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). The CLASS Act was repealed as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 signed by the President on January 2, 2013.

During 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted an analysis of possible CLASS implementation options consistent with the statutory requirements that the program be actuarially solvent over a 75-year period and self-funded. After a 19-month period of analysis, HHS officials stated in testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on October 26, 2011, that the Department had "not identified a way to make CLASS sustainable, legal and attractive to potential buyers…" and therefore "decided not to move forward with CLASS …." (HHS testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, October 26, 2011,

This publication describes the major provisions of the CLASS Act as originally enacted in 2010.

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