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U.S. House votes to repeal long-term care program


WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to repeal a long-term care program established by the health care reform law.

The House voted 267-159 Wednesday to kill the CLASS Act, the acronym for the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act.

The vote followed October's decision by the Obama administration not to implement the program. Administration officials said the program would have been unworkable because of its voluntary nature, with massive adverse selection that would have sent LTC premiums spiraling.

However, the repeal bill is likely to have an uphill battle winning approval in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority and party leaders may be reluctant to take action perceived as being against the health care reform law, experts have said.

Last year, lawmakers repealed two health care reform law provisions. One would have required employers to provide lower-paid employees with company-paid vouchers to purchase coverage in state health insurance exchanges if their required premium contribution toward employer coverage exceeded a certain percentage of their income.

The other repealed a provision that would have required employers to distribute Form 1099 statements to any vendor with which it did at least $600 in business.

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