What's New

This page is dedicated to highlighting the latest news articles and media regarding PACE. Please check back often for updates!

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CMS releases new proposed PACE regulation

On August 11, 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released long-awaited regulations updating the requirements for PACE organizations,providing PACE with additional operational flexibilities, and streamlining the application and approval process for new PACE applications and expansions. CalPACE and the National PACE Association are reviewing the proposed regulations and will be developing comments. Read more.


Disappointing proposed cuts in federal funding senior health insurance counseling

California’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) depends on this funding to provide one-on-one counseling to seniors about their enrollment and coverage choices and options, and that it is one of the main sources of information and counseling for beneficiaries who have to make choices under the state’s Coordinated Care Initiative. Read more.



Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition Names Marie Torres of AltaMed PACE for Champion Award

Marie has been a stellar advocate for vulnerable seniors on behalf of AltaMed and our community for many years; the award has been well earned. Marie has been identified as the individual who best embodies the award criteria:

  • Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to aging advocacy
  • Has made outstanding contributions to the health and wellbeing of older adults and their caregivers in Los Angeles Los Angeles County, Southern California, and beyond
  • Exhibits unwavering dedication to older adults, particularly those who are vulnerable
  • Is a recognized authority on issues impacting older adults
  • Holds a Leadership Position in the public or private sector, serving older adults
  • Has demonstrated his or her effectiveness as an Advocate for seniors and their caregivers

Unquestionably, Marie was the standout nominee and we look forward to presenting the award to her at the 7th Annual LAAAC Summit on Aging on Friday, May 20, 2016. We hope that you will join us as we recognize Marie’s effort and hard work. Read more.



CalPACE Legislator of the Year Awards

CalPACE had the honor to present Legislator of the Year awards to Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and Senator Ed Hernandez, DO, for their efforts to help expand the program of PACE in the State of California in 2015. Please click the links below to see the pictures of award presentation.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Senator Ed Hernandez, DO



Bob Edmondson Retires as CEO of On Lok

After more than 40 years of dedication to the PACE program in the state of California and on a national level,  Mr. Bob Edmondson officially retired on April 1, from the position of CEO of On Lok. All members and staff of CalPACE, would like to wish Bob well on his new adventures. Group photo.



Grace Li Named CEO of On Lok

Grace Li has been appointed the new CEO of On Lok, in San Francisco, effective April 1. "Grace will be a great leader and will take On Lok into its next 45 years," said Robert Edmondson, who has served as CEO of On Lok for the past 10 years and will continue as an advisor until the end of June. Read more.



PACE: A One-Stop Shop for Long-Term Care for Frail Older Adults

Among "The Four Most Frequently Asked Questions About Medicaid Home Care," writes blogger Anne Tumlinson, is "What Are the Special Programs I Should Know About?"

At the top of her list is PACE.

"PACE is a very personalized and coordinated one-stop shop for all medical and long-term care that frail older adults may need," says Tumlinson, who works to improve care for the frailest, most vulnerable older adults. There isn’t a PACE program in every town or in every state, but there should be," she writes.  Read More.



On Lok, Inc. Celebrates 45 Years of Helping Seniors!

On Lok will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a gala on May 20 at the Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco. Guest Amy Hill, actress and writer, will be hosting the evening. The honorary committee for the gala includes Hill, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, State Sen. Mark Leno, California State Assembly member David Chiu, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, actor B.D. Wong, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, celebrity chef Martin Yan, restaurateur Chris Yeo, former On Lok board chair Teveia Barnes and On Lok director emerita Jennie Chin Hansen. Read more.




State Legislature Passes New MCO Tax, Rescues Over $1 Billion for Medi-Cal

The California legislature Monday approved a new health care tax, capping a months-long quest to safeguard over $1 billion in annual Medi-Cal funding the federal government had threatened to take away. The three-year tax on managed care organizations is expected to bring in nearly $1.4 billion a year to fund Medi-Cal, the state-federal government health program for people with low incomes. Although the new tax will be imposed on a wider group of health plans than the tax it replaces, it is expected to reduce the overall fiscal liability of insurers by $106 million, according to calculations by legislative analysts. Read More.