Reed and Whitehouse visit PACE-RI to celebrate $300,000 award and discuss efforts to support older RIs

08.01.22

EASTERN PROVIDENCE – Today, US Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse visited PACE Rhode Island’s flagship facility in East Providence to meet with seniors and joined East Providence Mayor Roberto DaSilva and PACE-RI officials in celebrating a $300,000 award that senators included in fiscal year 2022. General appropriations bill to help renovate and equip PACE-RI’s new health clinic and adult day care center.

PACE-RI is a not-for-profit health plan that helps nursing home-eligible seniors with complex medical needs maintain more independent lives at home in the community while also accessing needed services.

Last year, PACE-RI opened its Adult Day Center with state-of-the-art clinical facilities and expanded rehabilitation services and amenities at 10 Tripps Lane. The building includes a commercial kitchen for PACE-RI to provide healthy meals tailored to its diverse population of participants.

“PACE-RI offers a variety of coordinated and integrated services. But what it really does is simple: increase seniors’ independence and build community and connection for them while improving wellness and health outcomes. It also provides good value for taxpayers because it reduces the need for emergency health costs, extended hospital stays, and nursing home care. So this is a smart investment in our seniors, the community, and to ensure this facility has the proper infrastructure, equipment, and amenities to serve participants,” he said. Senator Reeda senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

“The new PACE center provides a safe and welcoming place for seniors to spend their days, allowing them to continue to live independently and with dignity at home,” he said. senator white house. “Senator Reed and I are pleased to provide $300,000 to support the completion of this facility. When we return to Washington this week, we will do even more for older Rhode Islanders: vote to finally lower prescription drug prices.”

“We purchased and completely renovated an older building to meet the needs of the growing number of seniors we serve,” he said. Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of PACE-RI. “Unfortunately, the winter showed us that our existing roof was more porous than anticipated. Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and their respective teams worked with us to identify the appropriate funding and we are scheduled to begin our roof resurfacing project this month. We are incredibly grateful for the senators’ support and proud to work with them to ensure older adults age with the independence they want, the support they need and the dignity they deserve.”

“We appreciate Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s support of this organization that provides excellent services to our seniors,” he said. Mayor DaSilva.

During the visit, the senators also outlined how pending legislation could help Rhode Islanders save on health care costs by empowering Medicare to directly negotiate lower drug prices on some high-cost medications, cap the costs of prescription drugs and limit the pharmaceutical price. the rate of inflation increases. The US Senate is scheduled to soon adopt a legislative package that:

  • Give Medicare, for the first time, the ability to negotiate directly with drug companies to lower drug prices.
  • Limit out-of-pocket drug costs to $2,000 a year for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Offer a new “inflation rebate” that requires pharmaceutical companies to provide reimbursements to Medicare beneficiaries for prescription drug price increases that exceed the rate of inflation.
  • Provide free immunization coverage for seniors to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from having to pay out of pocket for recommended immunizations.

Press Contact

Chip Unruh, (Reed) 202-224-4642

Meaghan McCabe (White House), 401-453-5294



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