July 6, 2021

The PACE Model Allows Elderly Participants To Remain Living and Cared For In Their Homes

July 6, 2021 -- WASHINGTON, DC – The Better Care, Better Jobs Act, written to implement President Biden’s call for a $400 billion investment in home and community based services (HCBS) would boost access to Programs of All Inclusive Care For The Elderly (PACE) by increasing the amount of Medicaid funding available to states specifically for strengthening and expanding access to this innovative model of care and other Home and community-based services.

"We support and commend the efforts of President Biden and Congress to substantially improve access to PACE and other home and community-based services, which keep people independent and out of nursing homes for as long as possible,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association. “Greater access to PACE will allow more people to remain safely in their homes, be cared for affordably and experience a greater quality of life. It’s also a wise investment as PACE is ultimately less expensive for states and for Medicaid than providing nursing home care.“

The bill introduction was led by Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). A House companion was introduced by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI12), Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL9), and Doris Matsui (D-CA6) on June 30.

PACE is a wholly integrated, coordinated, person centered, provider led, capitated and fully risk bearing model of care. Driven by objective of maintaining the independence of program participants in their homes and communities for as long as possible; PACE programs are the lifelines that enable frail older Americans to live at home instead of in a nursing facility; 95% of participants live safely in the community.

PACE currently serves approximately 55,000 people across the U.S., though as many as two million more would have access if greater levels of funding were available.

The National PACE Association (NPA) works to advance the efforts of PACE programs, which coordinate and provide preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community. The PACE model of care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to

be served in the community whenever possible. For more information, visit www.NPAonline.org and follow @TweetNPA.

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