UXBRIDGE, Mass. - An informational session on the Senior Care Option (SCO) program will be hosted by Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge and the Uxbridge Council on Aging, at the Uxbridge Senior Center, 36 South Main St., Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A light lunch will be served.
Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein will give a presentation on the program and representatives from companies offering SCOs and SHINE counselors will be on hand to answer any questions.
“One of the most daunting aspects of aging is navigating our fragmented, complicated and often confusing health care system,” explained Moore. “In an attempt to streamline that process, the SCO program serves as a one-stop health care shopping for low-income seniors offering comprehensive care – including all prescription drugs – and even gives seniors the option of staying in their homes.”
The SCO program is a partnership between MassHealth and Medicare that provides a complete package of health care and social services for low-income seniors. Under the SCO program, a team of health professionals develops a plan of total individualized care for each member. Services are provided by a network of medical and other professional, including primary care doctors, nurses, specialists, and a geriatric support coordinator, who are part of a senior care organization.
Moore was the primary sponsor of legislation that established the SCO program, making Massachusetts one of the first states to provide low-income seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid to obtain maximum benefits and services to enable them to remain independent rather than be forced to enter a nursing home for care.
“I encourage any senior in the Uxbridge-area to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the SCO program and health care programs that are available, especially during the current Medicare open enrollment period,” said Moore.