History of PACE Programs in NC
The State of North Carolina has supported PACE for a decade and a half. In 2004, the North Carolina General Assembly directed the NC Department of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot program to implement PACE. Elderhaus resulted from this pilot program. In 2008, the State amended its State Medicaid Plan to include PACE as a permanent option.
North Carolina’s first PACE program, Elderhaus, opened in 2008 in Wilmington. It was followed soon thereafter by Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Burlington, which was part of a national initiative to expand PACE to rural areas. Two more programs opened in 2011, in 2012, in 2013 and in 2014. One program, Piedmont Health SeniorCare, opened a second center in Pittsboro as well. In 2015, the last PACE program opened in Asheville.
Currently, there are eleven North Carolina PACE programs with twelve centers in operation serving 2,200 people. There are PACE programs in Asheboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Lexington, Newton, Pittsboro and Wilmington.
Organizations have submitted applications to the state to serve additional new areas, and to expand current service areas. These requests have been pending since 2013. The Association urges the state to approve these requests. Interest has been expressed in the remaining areas of the state. The Association's goal is to have PACE available to all citizens of the state, regardless of where they live.