Medicare Basics

Frequently Asked Questions

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