In The News/Media Activities
An op-ed by Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-La.) published by Human Events on Sept. 20 cited the Academy's concerns with the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. These actuarial concerns were detailed by the Academy in a 2009 letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In his op-ed, Boustany discussed new legislation—the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act (H.R. 5853)—that would require Congress to reexamine the CLASS Act.
In a Sept. 20 article in the North County Times, Academy Health Practice Council member David Shea discussed how several health care reform provisions that took effect on Sept. 23 will affect the health insurance market. Shea said that the prohibition on denying insurance to children with preexisting conditions would have the greatest effect and could put upward pressure on health insurance prices. He also noted that insurance companies are concerned about this provision because the law has no uniform, predefined enrollment period. Shea said that having a uniform enrollment period would help keep the overall cost of premiums down.
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