Congress Approves PACE Innovations Act

Members | October 21, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives sent S. 1362, the Senate companion bill to the Smith-Blumenauer bill (H.R. 3243, the PACE Innovation Act of 2015) to the President for his signature.

On Oct. 21, S. 1362 was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to President Obama for his signature. 

The bill would allow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop pilot programs designed to bring the programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) model to more populations -- including younger individuals, people with multiple chronic conditions and disabilities, seniors who do not yet meet the nursing home level of care standard, and others.

Currently, the PACE model is limited to those aged 55 and older who meet state-specified criteria for needing a nursing home level of care. 

S. 1362 is the companion bill to the Smith-Blumenauer PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3243), and the U.S. Senate passed it with bipartisan support. 

LeadingAge praises Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) for their leadership in moving forward this important legislation.