Elisabeth Arenales, Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Thursday approved InnovAge’s proposal to convert to a for-profit organization, with modifications. InnovAge is Colorado’s largest provider of the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The organization sought to convert from nonprofit to for-profit status late last year.

The Attorney General’s opinion on the InnovAge matter reflects the importance of public comment in these types of conversions. It will also do much to ensure that InnovAge’s public assets will be distributed for the benefit of the communities they were intended to serve. Having said that, the opinion fell short of community proposals which would have generated even better results for frail elderly and disabled Coloradans and their families.

In late October of 2015, InnovAge filed a conversion plan with the Attorney General. The proposal raised concerns with numerous groups and individuals including CCLP, the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, the Chronic Care Collaborative, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Dr. Alan Lazaroff, the founder of InnovAge’s predecessor organization.

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