Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 10:42 AM
By voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to add increased flexibility to PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE is a joint Medicare & Medicaid program that coordinates care of seniors with chronic conditions, allowing them to remain in their communities. In order to be eligible, you must be at least 55 years of age and qualify for a nursing home. The PACE Innovation Act would provide increased flexibility to CMS to expand the PACE program to include other populations, such as younger individuals with disabilities, thus allowing even more individuals to stay in their homes. “Broadening the reach of programs like PACE will help us continue to provide seniors with excellent health care, while also reducing costs”, said Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the lead sponsor of the Senate legislation. He added, “Providing PACE programs with the room they need to grow and innovate will give more seniors the chance to remain in their homes, while receiving excellent health care and social services.” The lead Republican cosponsor of the bill in Senate, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), stated the PACE program has been “extremely successful in helping seniors to remain in their own homes rather than having to go into a costly nursing home or institutional setting.” The legislation still needs signed by President Barack Obama in order to become law. He has expressed support for expanding the PACE program and his budget for FY2016 proposed to create a pilot demonstration in selected states to expand PACE eligibility to qualifying individuals between 21 years and 55 years of age. Click here to read more.
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