Congress Passes Legislation Adding Flexibility to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
On Wednesday, October 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote legislation to add increased flexibility to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The Senate unanimously passed the legislation in August. PACE is a joint Medicare and Medicaid program that coordinates care of seniors with chronic conditions, so that they can remain in their communities. Currently, to be eligible for the PACE program, an individual must be at least 55 years of age and eligible for nursing home care. The PACE Innovation Act (S. 1362 / H.R. 3243) would provide increased flexibility to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the PACE program to include other populations, such as younger individuals with disabilities.
The Senate sponsors of the legislation praised the measure because they said it will allow more individuals to remain in their homes. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the lead sponsor of the Senate legislation, said “broadening the reach of programs like PACE will help us continue to provide seniors with excellent health care, while also reducing costs.” 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.” Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), the lead Republican cosponsor of the bill in Senate, said in Pennsylvania 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.”
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