President Signs PACE Innovation Act

Grassroots | November 08, 2015

President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act (PIA) into law on November 5th, 2015. The new law will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop pilot projects based on the successful PACE Model of Care. On Oct. 21, the PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 1362) was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act (PIA) into law on Nov. 5, 2015. The new law will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop pilot projects based on the successful PACE Model of Care. On Oct. 21, the PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 1362) was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 1362) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA), passed with bipartisan support. 

The PACE Innovation Act would allow CMS to develop pilot programs designed to bring the 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. Today, there are 114 Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in 32 states.

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.

S. 1362 is the companion bill to the Smith-Blumenauer PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3243), which was introduced on July 29 by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA).