Walorski Visits Saint Joseph PACE After House Passes Legislation to Modernize Programs

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Walorski Visits Saint Joseph PACE After House Passes Legislation to Modernize Programs

PACE Center in Mishawaka Allows Seniors Continue Living at Home

Walorski Visits Saint Joseph PACE After House Passes Legislation to Modernize Programs

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today visited Saint Joseph PACE, a comprehensive care center that allows seniors with complex care needs to continue living at home. The House last week passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Walorski to modernize regulations for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and expand seniors’ access to this innovative and effective model of care.

“Visiting Saint Joseph PACE today, it was easy to see why every senior I talked to there said the same thing: this program has changed their lives,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The PACE model is a unique and innovative way to provide services and care to seniors with complex health care needs while allowing them to continue living in their own homes. I’m grateful for the passionate and dedicated staff at Saint Joseph PACE who help Hoosier seniors lead healthier, more independent lives, and I’m hopeful my bipartisan legislation will ensure even more people can benefit from programs like this.”

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Additional photos from Congresswoman Walorski’s visit to Saint Joseph PACE in Mishawaka can be found here.

On September 12, the House passed the Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act, bipartisan legislation Walorski introduced to modernize PACE programs, which allow seniors with complex care needs to continue living in their own homes longer.

H.R. 6561 would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to finalize updated regulations for PACE programs by the end of the year. PACE is a proven model for delivering high-quality, comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated community-based health care to seniors and individuals with disabilities who meet the criteria for nursing home care but wish to live at home.

Organizations supporting the Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act include the National PACE Association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Alzheimer’s Association, and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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