PACE

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a Medicare and 

Medicaid [Glossary]

 program that helps people meet their health care needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. 

With PACE, you have a team of health care professionals working with you and your family to make sure you get the coordinated care you need. Usually they care for a small number of people, so they really get to know you.

When you enroll in PACE, you may be required to use a PACE-preferred doctor. 

How does PACE work?

PACE covers all Medicare- and Medicaid-covered care and services, and other services that the PACE team of health care professionals decides are necessary to improve and maintain your health. This includes drugs, as well as any other medically necessary care, like doctor or health care provider visits, transportation, home care, hospital visits, and even nursing home stays when necessary.

If you have Medicaid, you won’t have to pay a monthly premium for the long‑term care portion of the PACE benefit. If you have Medicare but not Medicaid, you’ll be charged a monthly premium to cover the long‑term care portion of the PACE benefit and a premium for Medicare drug coverage (Part D). However, in PACE, there’s never a deductible or copayment for any drug, service, or care approved by the PACE team of health care professionals.

Who can get PACE?

You can have either Medicare or Medicaid, or both, to join PACE. PACE is only available in some states that offer PACE under Medicaid. To qualify for PACE, you must:

  • Be 55 or older
  • Live in the Service area of a PACE organization
  • Need a nursing home-level of care (as certified by your state)
  • Be able to live safely in the community with help from PACE
Note

You can leave a PACE program at any time.

What does PACE cover?

PACE provides all the care and services covered by Medicare and Medicaid if authorized by your health care team. If your health care team decides you need care and services that Medicare and Medicaid doesn't cover, PACE may still cover them.

Here are some of the services PACE covers:

  • Adult day primary care (including doctor and recreational therapy nursing services)
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency services
  • Home care
  • Hospital care
  • Laboratory/x-ray services
  • Meals
  • Medical specialty services
  • Nursing home care
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription drugs 
    Note 

    If you join a PACE program, you'll get your Part D-covered drugs and all other necessary medication from the PACE program. You don't need to join a separate Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. If you do, you'll be disenrolled from your PACE health and prescription drug benefits.

  • Preventive care
  • Social services, including caregiver training, support groups, and Respite care
  • Social work counseling
  • Transportation to the PACE center for activities or medical appointments, if Medically necessary . You may also be able to get transportation to some medical appointments in the community.

How to apply for PACE

To find out if you’re eligible and if there’s a PACE program near you, search for PACE plans in your area, or call your Medicaid office.

What you pay for PACE depends on your financial situation

If you have Medicaid, you won't pay a monthly 

Premium

 for the 

Long-term care

 portion of the PACE benefit.

If you don't qualify for Medicaid but you have Medicare, you'll be charged these:

  • A monthly premium to cover the long-term care portion of the PACE benefit
  • A premium for Medicare Part D drugs

There's no 

Deductible [glossary]

 or 

Copayment

 for any drug, service, or care approved by your health care team.

If you don't have Medicare or Medicaid, you can pay for PACE privately.