CLASS Act Optimism; Essential Benefits Report Anticipation
News outlets report on these health law implementation topics, including news that some advocates say the Obama administration's upcoming release of an analysis of the CLASS program is a positive sign. Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine is expected to unveil its recommendations for medical coverage standards next week.
The Hill: Advocates For Disabled Optimistic That CLASS Act Program Won't Be Scrapped
Advocates for the disabled are relieved by the Obama administration's decision to release its latest analysis of the health care reform law's long-term-care CLASS Act next month. The controversial program's fate was in doubt last week after its actuary said the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act office was shutting down and the administration acknowledged it was reducing staff working on the program. Late Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it will soon be releasing its recommendations on how to proceed (Pecquet, 9/29).
Reuters: U.S. Health Benefits Recommendations Coming Oct. 7
A key recommendation for medical coverage standards under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will be released on Oct. 7, according to the organization preparing the report. The Institute of Medicine, one of the national academies of science that advises U.S. policymakers, was tasked with recommending how U.S. health regulators should determine the basic health benefits for millions of Americans who will qualify for coverage sold through state-based insurance exchanges beginning in 2014 (Selyukh, 9/29).