Legislation to enable more older adults to remain at home has passed in Congress, expanding the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program that allows providers to develop programs to serve people who are at risk of needing institutionalized care.
A PACE organization is a not-for-profit entity providing medical and social services, supplemented by in-home care as needed. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and has been sent to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
“This legislation is another milestone for the PACE Model of Care,” Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National Pace Association (NPA), said “PACE providers have had many ideas about how to innovate the PACE model to serve younger people with disabilities and seniors so that they can enjoy a high quality of life in the community. We are excited to see what is possible given the opportunities this legislation will create to build on the PACE experience.”
There are currently 116 PACE programs that serve 35,000 enrollees in 32 states.