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Obama administration cuts long-term care program
Troubled long-term care program shelved as Obama administration cuts staffing
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration says it has cut staffing for a troubled long-term care program, and it's an "open question" whether the program will ever get off the ground.

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was created under President Barack Obama's health care law as a voluntary long-term care insurance program for workers. It's also known as CLASS. But its financial viability has been questioned from the start, and now it appears to have been shelved.

Bob Yee, a top technical expert with the program, said in an interview that Health and Human Services officials notified the staff last week CLASS is being put on "pause." Yee said the eight-person staff has been reassigned and he is leaving.

HHS says the office has not been closed, only "reduced."

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