PACE Policy, Expansion, Research, and Innovation: The Call to Action

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Date & Location

Wed, Jul 14, 2021 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Host Organization


Event Contact

Erin Butto

This two-hour seminar will bring together Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) leaders and experts, policymakers, and advocates to provide an in-depth look at the PACE program and its ability to meet the needs of a growing Medicare population. We will explore topics ranging from policy solutions that are being considered to address the Medicare Part D dilemma to the ways in which PACE programs have adapted during Covid-19.

View our agenda and speakers below. Learn more about our speakers by viewing their bios.

Welcome, Introductions, and Voices of PACE Participants

Huron Valley PACE Executive Director Sonja Love Felton interviews program beneficiaries and provides an overview of the PACE multidisciplinary team in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Opening Remarks from Members of Congress

Hear from Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania (pre-recorded) and US Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan's 12th Congressional District, on how PACE can potentially change the way aging occurs in the US.

Visions of PACE Innovators

The National PACE Association's Peter Fitzgerald will invite leading PACE innovators to discuss what they are doing before, during, and after COVID-19. Participants include:

  • Connie Benton Wolfe, President and CEO, Aging and In-Home Health Services and PACE of Northeast Indiana
  • Scott LaRue, President and CEO, ArchCare
  • Grace Li, CEO, On Lok
  • Richard Martin, LIFE Geisinger Medical Director, Geisinger Health
  • Mary Naber, President and CEO, PACE Southeast Michigan; Detroit Rivertown Thome project
  • Rob Schreiber, Vice President and Medical Director, SummitEldercare PACE, Fallon Health
  • Cheryl Wilson, CEO, St Paul’s Senior Services

Where is PACE Today?

Altarum Director of Eldercare Improvement Anne Montgomery moderates a roundtable discussion on the major challenges, barriers, and opportunities to PACE expansion today, featuring key state and federal policymakers, including:

  • Joseph Billingsley, Chief, Program Policy and Operations Branch, Integrated Systems of Care Division, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Daniel Cohen, Deputy Director of Integrated Care, MassHealth
  • Rachel Dolin, Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Health, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Tim Engelhardt, Director, Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, CMS
  • Tim Huebner, Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Dingell, United States House of Representatives
  • Samantha Koehler, Policy Advisor, United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

What is the Broader Vision for PACE 10 Years from Now?

Altarum Deputy Director of Eldercare Improvement Sarah Slocum moderates a roundtable on the future of PACE featuring leading advocates and policy experts, including:

  • Gretchen Alkema, Vice President, Policy and Communications, SCAN Foundation
  • Kyle Allen, Geriatrician and Family Physician, 2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellow
  • Jennie Chin Hansen, Advisory Member, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Board Member, Altarum
  • Jade Gong, CEO, Jade Gong & Associates
  • Katherine Hayes, Director of Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Joanne Lynn, Senior Policy Analyst, Altarum
  • Susan Ryan, Senior Director, Green House Project
  • Nora Super, Senior Director, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging
  • Maria Zamora, CEO, Center for Elders’ Independence


Altarum researcher Nils Franco reviews how to analyze your community’s needs and provide the business case for PACE expansion—discussion to be continued at a future webinar in mid September 2021.