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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2775, 10/22/2015
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Congress Passes Legislation Adding Flexibility to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
NAHC: Full-Court Press on Medicaid
For Your Information: Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting
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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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NAHC: Full-Court Press on Medicaid

In the past, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has not been encouraged to spend a lot of time on Medicaid because the focus of the program was primarily at the state level. However, Medicaid continues to become increasingly a federal program as more and more states adopt the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With the magnified federal presence in Medicaid, NAHC has launched a full-court press relative to the program through the National Medicaid Action Council, in order to devote more time, energy, and resources to Medicaid. NAHC and the National Medicaid Action Council will continue building efforts to inform members about developments in Medicaid and what those developments mean, and to take action to achieve positive change. To further address the growing importance of Medicaid at the federal level, NAHC encourages its members to join the National Medicaid Action Council and effectively position advocacy efforts moving forward.

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Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting

We invite you to attend the annual Caring Awards Ceremony, on Friday October 30th at 10:30 am in Delta Ballroom A, Gaylord Opryland Resort. Following the ceremony, we will be honoring the 10 Caring Awardees at a Benefit Luncheon. You can purchase a ticket for the luncheon online. (Inquiries: 202-547-4273 or info@caring.org)

The Caring Institute is a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization established to promote the acts and values of caring, integrity, and public service.

 

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