Medicare and Caregivers

Frequently Asked Questions

10. How does the Medicare PACE program help older adults?

PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) combines medical, social, and long-term care services, and prescription drug coverage for frail, elderly people who get health care in the community.

To qualify for PACE, people must

  • be at least age 55
  • live in the PACE service area
  • meet their state's standard for nursing home level care and
  • be able to live safely in a community setting at the time of enrollment.

Call the State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) office or visit PACE to find out about eligibility and to see if there is a PACE site nearby.