Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives passed federal health care reform.  Included in that reform is the CLASS Act.  President Obama is expected to sign the legislation almost immediately.

The passage of the CLASS Act is an extraordinary move forward for home and community-based services as well as long-term care financing reform.  It provides the opportunity for all Americans to receive long-term care insurance when they need it, and allows them to purchase the kind of assistance they need to remain independent in the community.

AAHSA and Aging Services of Minnesota have supported the CLASS Act since the health care reform debate started last year.  And soon it will be law.

Thank you to everyone who has advocated on behalf of CLASS by contacting your congresspeople.  This has been a year-long campaign and your work has finally paid off!

Update:  President Obama signed health care reform, and the CLASS Act, into law on Tuesday, March 23.  You can read more information about it in this summary provided by AAHSA.