The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Expanded Act (PACE X) would improve programs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The Sisters of Charity Health System joins the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) in supporting the PACE Expanded Act, which would strengthen and expand PACE programs to help meet the rising demand for those wanting home and community-based services. Currently, there are 140 PACE organizations in 30 states and about two dozen of these organizations are wholly or partially sponsored by Catholic organizations.
Following is the text of a letter of support from CHA to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who is the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The Honorable Bob Casey
Senate Special Committee on Aging
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Casey:
On behalf of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), the national leadership organization of more than 2,200 Catholic health care systems, hospitals, long-term care facilities, sponsors, and related organizations, I would like to thank you for introducing the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly X Act (PACE X) and to express our support for this legislation supporting low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Meeting individual's needs through all the seasons of life, including old age, is part of the mission of Catholic health care. The Program for Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a successful model that has been adopted by many of our members serving seniors and those with disabilities in their communities. Currently, there are 140 PACE organizations in 30 states and about two dozen of these organizations are wholly or partially sponsored by Catholic organizations.
The PACE X Act would strengthen and expand the successful PACE program to help meet the rising demand for those wanting home and community-based services. The wrap-around services provided by PACE have allowed the more than 55,000 program participants to have access to vital recreational, social, medical, mental health, nutritional and spiritual services, helping them to thrive. The changes recommended by the PACE X Act would expand the number of PACE organizations while also ensuring that more seniors and people with disabilities can benefit from these programs.
Thank you again for introducing this important legislation and please contact us if you have any questions.
Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM
President and CEO
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