SCAN Health Plan to Continue Serving California’s “Dual-Eligible” Members
(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — California residents eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal will continue to have the ability to enroll in SCAN Health Plan in 2015 and beyond as part of the new budget signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last week. The legislation preserves health plan choice for these members while recognizing SCAN’s unique two-decade history of serving “dual eligibles” in Southern California.
Over the last two years, public attention has focused on California’s desire to move its dual-eligible population into the state’s demonstration pilot, the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), scheduled to run for three years. Because SCAN is a fully integrated D-SNP – meaning it manages members’ Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits in one plan as is the goal of the CCI – SCAN will not only be able to retain its dual-eligible members as of December 31, 2014, but will be permitted beginning in 2015 to add up to 6,000 new members for Los Angeles County and 1,500 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
SCAN’s fully integrated dual-eligible Special Needs Plan, called “SCAN Connections,” currently serves more than 8,000 dual eligibles in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Each member receives a “PAL” (Personal Assistance Line contact) at the plan who is their direct line to one-on-one assistance in navigating the complexities of Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits.
“We have been serving dual-eligibles since the earliest days of SCAN. I speak for everyone at the organization when I say that we are thrilled with this news,” said Chris Wing, president and CEO of SCAN Health Plan. “The Connections plan serves some of our most vulnerable members – many of whom are dealing with multiple chronic conditions, complex medical needs and limited financial resources. The fact that they will not be disrupted means a great deal to all of us.”
SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit MAPD plans currently serving 170,000 members in California. SCAN has held a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) since 1985 to provide integrated care for the dually eligible. Further information may be obtained at www.scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scanhealthplan.
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