What is Senate Bill S. 1362?
This bill would authorize the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive applicable Medicaid requirements of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE) to conduct demonstration projects involving PACE.
HHS would be prohibited in a CMMI demonstration from waiving:
These demonstrations would be carried out through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI). Under current law, CMMI is unable to waive Medicaid requirements and has limited flexibility in testing changes to the PACE program.
Participants in the PACE program, CMMI, and HHS.
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1362
The CBO estimates that this legislation would have no significant impact on federal spending.
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) believes his bill represents an opportunity to find ways to improve the PACE program:
of my guiding principles is to find what works and do more of it. This
legislation would give the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) the
flexibility it needs to do just that. We’ve begun to address the problem
of rising health care costs, and programs like PACE will help us
continue this important work to provide seniors with excellent care
while also reducing costs. We need to do everything we can to ensure
that all seniors have access to high-quality, cost-effective health
The Senate Finance Committee reported this legislation favorably, and the Senate as a whole passed this bill by unanimous consent.
Summary by Eric Revell
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A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs).