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Unfortunately for elders with skilled care needs in Vermont, the VT Program of All Inclusive Care For the Elderly (PACE) in Rutland and Colchester, VT, is closing in the spring. PACE started operating in Vermont in 2007, but it could not stay financially viable.
The closure will affect about 60 seniors who go to the PACE in Colchester and another 73 seniors in the Rutland area. The Vermont PACE was part of the Rural PACE Pilot Grant Program, established under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 by Congress and administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Rural PACE Pilot Grant Program provided fifteen providers with start-up funds to develop PACE organizations serving rural elders. 12 of the 15 rural PACE are still serving clients. Despite the loss of this important program in Vermont, the number of PACE continues to significantly grow throughout the country.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) has published a notice of the state's intent to establish a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
One LeadingAge Indiana member organization has indicated that they will be establishing a PACE in the South Bend area. Another PACE is planned for Indianapolis by one of the hospital systems in Indiana.