Does PACE cover home health care services?
Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a small but growing Medicare and Medicaid initiative aimed at keeping frail seniors out of nursing homes. Currently, 131 PACE programs operate 263 PACE centers in 31 states, serving more than 51,000 participants. Find one near you by clicking here.
Among other things, PACE covers in-home care, adult day care, checkups, hospital and nursing home stays, prescriptions and some transportation for medical purposes. It can also pay for training, support and respite for family caregivers. Local PACE organizations work with medical providers who form the recipient's health care team. If the team decides a loved one needs care that Medicaid or Medicare doesn't provide, PACE still may cover it.
To be eligible, someone must be:
55 or older
In need of nursing home-level care as certified through your state
A resident of an area with a PACE organization
Able to live safely in the community with help from PACE. People with Medicare, Medicaid or both can qualify although if you have Medicare only you might be charged a monthly premium. Those not covered through either program can pay for PACE privately.
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