SCAN Health Plan Honored by Long Beach City Council for Contributions to Local Community and Seniors Nationwide

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#commendation–SCAN Health Plan has received a special commendation from the Long Beach
City Council in recognition of its 40 years of dedicated service to the
Long Beach community and to the senior population, both locally and
beyond. The commendation was presented at last night’s council meeting
by Councilwoman Stacy Rose Mungo and was accepted by SCAN Chief
Executive Officer Chris Wing on behalf of the not-for-profit Medicare
Advantage health plan and its more than 1,000 employees, a quarter of
which live in Long Beach.

As noted in both the commendation and in Wing’s remarks, SCAN was
founded in Long Beach in 1977 by a group of senior activists who
expressed frustration with the lack of social services available locally
and were looking for social services to wrap around their healthcare
that would keep them living independently.

“They were determined to create a new system of care that allowed
seniors to remain in their homes and communities – where they
desperately wanted to stay – even if their declining health qualified
them for a nursing home,” said Wing. “The City of Long Beach responded.
Officials at the Division of Senior Citizen Affairs in the Long Beach
Health Department called on area providers and not-for-profit groups to
join forces and form the Senior Care Action Network. Today that
organization is known simply as SCAN, and our mission hasn’t changed
over the last 40 years.”

The city’s commendation to SCAN recognized those local, collaborative
beginnings as well as SCAN’s “ongoing pursuit of its founding mission to
keep seniors healthy and independent by providing comprehensive
healthcare to its own members as well as vital community services to
thousands of other seniors in our area facing health challenges.” It
also applauded SCAN for continuing to be a “national leader in
advocating on behalf of seniors for sensible public policy that keeps
healthcare affordable, accessible and focused on the highest quality

“We are extremely grateful to Councilwoman Mungo and the entire City
Council for this moving commendation,” said Wing. “As we celebrate our 40th
anniversary, we see an incredible opportunity to find new ways for
providers, health plans, government and academia to come together and
positively shape what it means to age successfully in the community.
Long Beach is the perfect place to start, and we look forward to working
with the council as well as other local leaders to make our city truly a
model for independent aging.”

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, visit
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