Long Term Services and Supports Must be Included inHealth Care Reform Bill


Ardis
 

Long Term Services and Supports Must be Included in Health Care Reform Bill
 
LTSS in Health Care Reform
 
:The House of Representatives voted on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) on Saturday, November 7.  This bill includes both the CLASS
Option and a Community First Choice Option as a Sense of Congress, two MAJOR long term services and support provisions that the disability community has
been advocating for several years. Passing this bill is the first of several very important steps toward ensuring all Americans have the choice to live
in their homes and continue to work.
 
For More information on the CLASS Act see
http://www.passtheclassact.org/
 
For More information on the Community First Choice Option see
http://www.passthecommunitychoiceact.org/
 
What Comes Next?  Senate negotiators are merging the Senate Finance and HELP Committees' bills.  Advocates are working to ensure that the CLASS Act and
the Community First Choice Option are included in the merged Senate bill.  The timeline for the Senate debate and vote on their version of the bill is
uncertain.
 
What Can You DO? Call your Senators and tell them you support inclusion of both the CLASS Act and the CFC Option in Health Care Reform. You can reach your
Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
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