October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011
CLASS Act Sign-on Letter

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It has been another busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

I want to call attention to a sign on letter for the CLASS Act. As you may recall, much of the HIV/AIDS community strongly supported inclusion of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program (CLASS Act) in the health care reform bill. The CLASS program is a national, voluntary insurance program for purchasing community living services and supports. It is designed to expand options for people who become functionally disabled who require long-term services and supports as sometimes occurs with people living with HIV. There's a good Kaiser document on the CLASS Act at: http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8069.pdf

Unfortunately, the CLASS Act has become a target for Members of Congress who seek to cut the deficit. As a result, Advance CLASS, Inc. (a former staff member for Senator Kennedy, Connie Garner is the Executive Director) has put together the attached letter to the President and Congress asking them to continue moving forward in the implementation of the CLASS program, and to use the flexibility afforded to them under the health reform law to make the necessary changes to the design of CLASS. AIDS United is signing on to the letter and we urge other organizations to consider signing on as well. The deadline is very short - it needs to be done by COB tomorrow. To sign on, please send an email to Kate Josephson at kjosephson@foleyhoag.com.

Thanks for helping save the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. We are counting on your help so please sign on to the letter today.

Going to keep the blog entry for today short. I want you to go out and do something special for yourself even if it is just enjoying some time doing something you love. Remember life is not a dress rehearsal!

Hope you have a great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab