Posted on 02 January 2013
By Mark Miller
There’s a lot of complaining about the fiscal cliff deal, but there is one notable bright spot: Congress agreed to take a hard look at long-term care.
With the repeal of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act), a feature of Obamacare that attempted to create a mass “public option” for long-term care insurance, comes a commission tasked with developing a new workable solution to one of our most serious retirement security problems facing the nation.
Congress now has the chance to address – at long last – the huge deficiencies of our current patchwork long-term care system. It has six months to developed a plan for “the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system” for long-term care services.
And while there is no guarantee that the commission’s work will not wind up just gathering dust on shelves in Washington, it is encouraging to see Congress and the Administration at least asking the right question about long-term care: Where do we go from here?