Closer Look: Sen. Kennedy’s Home and Community Based Long-Term Care Bill Incorporated in Health Care Reform Proposals

In 2005, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (“CLASS”) Act (S. 697), which would create a long-term care insurance program for adults who become functionally disabled. President Obama has endorsed the CLASS Act (NAHC Report, July 8),…