Stand up for CLASS
We need you to keep standing up for CLASS!
The fight to save the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program is not over yet! Last month the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they do not see an immediate path forward for the CLASS Program, which was created by the Affordable Care Act to help pay for services and supports to help working adults maintain independence in the community.
The CLASS program would help working adults prepare for their future in the event they need help maintaining independence in the community. It was also intended to take the pressure off Medicaid, so that Medicaid can better serve the needs of low income communities. Without a program like CLASS, the Medicaid program will continue to take on the load of long term service needs for many Americans, who will be forced into a lifetime of poverty to qualify for this assistance.
Unfortunately, some Members of Congress believe that CLASS should be repealed. On November 2, Senator John Thune tried to repeal CLASS via unanimous consent on the Senate floor. Senator Rockefeller prevented the repeal. However, this emphasizes the need to reach out to your elected officials and let them know that CLASS is important to you!
We expect another effort soon in the Senate to repeal CLASS. Please call your Senators NOW to urge them to oppose repeal of the CLASS program. If changes are needed to make CLASS work better, Congress should “Mend It, Not End It!”
We must let members of the Senate know how important CLASS is. The need for long term supports remains a major issue facing millions of American families, and it will take real leadership in Washington to solve this problem so that families face a more certain economic future.
Please call 866-898-2624 and follow the prompts to get your message across. Remember time is of the essence, so call today!
You can use the following sample script:
“I urge Senator __________ to oppose repeal of the CLASS Program. Our country can no longer ignore our broken system of paying for long-term services and supports. We must meet the needs of workers who become disabled and their families.”