SCAN Health Plan Endorses the Proposed CHRONIC Care Act to Better Serve Nation’s Chronically Ill Seniors

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LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CHRONICCareAct–SCAN Health Plan today endorsed draft federal legislation aimed at
strengthening the Medicare Advantage program to make it easier to serve
chronically ill seniors. The proposed legislation is the result of two
years of work by the Senate Finance Committee and the Bipartisan Chronic
Care Working Group who earlier this month released a discussion draft of
the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve
Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016.

“We applaud the great work of this committee and encourage the Senate
Finance Committee and Congress as a whole to consider this legislation
in an expeditious manner,” said Chris Wing, chief executive officer of
SCAN. “This workgroup has offered a proposal that is a significant step
forward in our effort to deliver comprehensive, high-quality care to the
most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries.

Among its features the CHRONIC Care Act permanently reauthorizes all
three types of Special Needs Plans for vulnerable populations and
specifies structural improvements to enhance the program. It also allows
Medicare Advantage plans to expand access to telemedicine in a
responsible manner and to offer a wider array of supplemental benefits,
including non-medical services, to chronically ill enrollees. According
to Wing this new flexibility will provide health plans the ability “to
tailor services to the unmet needs of the individual and address
multiple factors including functional and socio-economic status.”

If passed by Congress the CHRONIC Care Act also will allow for a
Medicare Advantage plan in any state to participate in the Value-Based
Insurance Design Model during the testing phase. This model allows plans
to offer supplemental benefits or reduced cost sharing to enrollees with
specified chronic conditions with goals of increased access to care,
higher adherence rates and greater ability to remain living in the
community. The CHRONIC Care Act also allows individuals with end-stage
renal disease to enroll in any Medicare Advantage plan beginning in 2021.

Also included in the act is the provision to extend the successful
Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration program for an additional two
years and expand the number of beneficiaries involved. “The model is
proving that connecting providers to homes with social support services
not only saves money but provides better, more integrated care,” says
Wing, whose own company has been committed to the health and
independence of seniors since 1977 through its health plan and its
community programs delivered across California.

“We thank Chairman Orrin Hatch along with Ranking Member Ron Wyden and
fellow Senators Johnny Isakson and Mark Warner for crafting this
bipartisan public policy that intelligently addresses the very real
needs of those who live with multiple chronic conditions, those who are
eligible for nursing home care, and those who experience difficulty
performing activities of daily living,” said Wing. “We were honored to
have input during this thoughtful process and are so pleased to see this
draft legislation. Now it is time to turn it into law.”

SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare
Advantage plans with nearly 170,000 members in California. Part of the
SCAN family, SCAN Health Plan is committed to keeping seniors healthy
and independent. For more information, visit scanhealthplan.com, visit
us on Facebook at facebook.com/scanhealthplan, or follow us on Twitter
at @scanhealthplan.

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Contacts

For SCAN Health Plan
Ross Goldberg, 818-597-8453, x-1
ross@kevinross.net