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How Senior Care Options can help you live a more independent, healthier life

Medicare. Medicaid. Doctors. Nurses. Vision Services. Dental. These are some of the many components that make up the massive network that encapsulates health care for seniors; and for many seniors and those who care for them, keeping track of every nut and bolt can be exhausting and disorienting.

This problem has not gone unnoticed at MassHealth.

To address the need for a one-stop shop, MassHealth developed an efficient program that more than 43,000 Massachusetts residents are already enrolled in Senior Care Options (SCO). SCO is a free, voluntary program for seniors that provides fully integrated health and personal care. It majorly simplifies Medicare, Medicaid, and all the other components by condensing them all into one plan.

This means seniors no longer have to call four different services with eight different care plans just to make sure they are all on the same page. Seniors also don’t have to carry multiple insurance cards.  With SCO, seniors  only have to deal with one program that personally tailors every aspect of your care to your medical best interest.

SCO also shows real health benefits. A separate scientific study done by Cambridge-based, health care data analysis firm, Jen Associates Inc., reveals that SCO enrollees experience minimized risk of placement in long term care facility and even a reduction in risk of death.

The study shows a 12 percent reduction in the number of Nursing Facility residency months for the SCO enrollee population compared to the Fee-for-Service (most traditional form of health insurance) population. This helps those that desire to stay in their own home or that of a loved one for an extended amount of time. There is also a 17 percent reduction in the risk of death for the SCO enrollee population, between SCO enrollment and study period end date, compared to the Fee-for-Service population.

With the SCO program, there are also unique benefits not traditionally given through Medicare or Medicaid, some of which are:

  • $0 copayments on prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • $0 copayments on doctor appointments, vision services, and dental care
  • Generally more robust dental coverage, including dentures
  • Free transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Home visits from nurses and SCO staff

For those that are seeking more health care benefits, or want to hold off going to a nursing home, or are just tired of coordinating multiple plans on his/her own, SCO could be a game changer. SCO is not just another “government program,” but it can be one that changes your life, or that of a loved one.

If you would like to find out more about SCO or want to know how to enroll, you can either visit the website below, or call this number: 1-888-885-0484.

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