Reps. Dingell and Moolenaar Introduce PACE Expanded Act in House

October 28, 2022

Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and John Moolenaar (R-MI-4) recently introduced the PACE Expanded Act of 2022 (H.R. 9209) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which seeks to accelerate the capacity and reach of the existing 148 Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations and spur the establishment of new ones, is the House companion to Senate bill 2636, which was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), chair of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), ranking member of the committee.

“The PACE model has been remarkably successful in helping seniors and Americans with disabilities age and live with dignity in their homes, which is overwhelmingly the setting Americans prefer,” said Rep. Dingell. “Access to this program makes a real difference, but hundreds of thousands of people continue to sit on waitlists to receive home- and community-based services. We must do more to ensure Americans have the option to live independently in the comfort of their own homes. The PACE Expanded Act will put long-term support in reach for those who need it the most.” 

“This legislation will help seniors who need long-term care and provide them with more options, including the potential to receive care at home without having to travel long distances,” said Rep. Moolenaar. “That option means a lot to our seniors, especially in rural communities, who can save time and money by receiving care in their own home. This is commonsense, bipartisan legislation that reduces red tape and makes the PACE program available to more seniors.”

“NPA is grateful to Reps. Dingell and Moolenaar for their continued strong advocacy for PACE,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA. “Given the rapidly rising numbers of aging Americans and their clear desire to age in place, it is imperative for our nation to encourage the growth of PACE.”

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