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AARP: CLASS Program Gives Americans New Option to Plan for Long-Term Care


February 7, 2011


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AARP: CLASS Program Gives Americans New Option to Plan for Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President John Rother released this statement following today’s remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a voluntary insurance option for long-term services and supports created in the Affordable Care Act:

“American families are struggling with the staggering cost of long-term care while state governments look to reduce costs in their Medicaid programs—the largest payers of long-term care.  The CLASS program created by the Affordable Care Act gives Americans a new option to plan for the cost of long-term services and supports through a voluntary insurance program.  At the same time, the program will help take some of the burden off of Medicaid over time as more people are able to plan and pay for their own care.

“We know that 86 percent of our members want to live in their homes for as long as possible, yet too few are able to get the services they need to continue living independently.  The CLASS program can help offer peace of mind to American families and help cover some of the costs of services and supports they need to live independently in their homes and communities.  AARP is committed to giving our members and all older Americans the information they need in the coming months and years to decide if CLASS is right for them.”

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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