SCAN: A Brief History
For more than 30 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of
seniors. SCAN is a not-for-profit health plan dedicated to providing
comprehensive medical coverage, prescription benefits and support services
specifically designed to meet the needs of people on Medicare.
SCAN was founded in 1977 by a group of seniors who were frustrated by their lack
of access to services and who wanted an organization that addressed their
specific needs. These forward-thinking seniors formed the Senior Care Action
Network, now known as SCAN Health Plan. The goal of the organization then was
the same as it is today: to continue to find innovative ways to enhance seniors'
ability to manage their health and to continue to control where and how they
live. Since its inception, SCAN has provided the care needed to keep more than
100,000 seniors out of nursing homes. Today, SCAN is thriving and is one of the
fastest growing health plans in the markets it serves.
SCAN is based in Long Beach, California. The health plan has approximately 1,000 employees and serves more than 130,000 Medicare beneficiaries in California and Arizona. In California our service area includes Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties to the south, and Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Santa Clara in Northern California. In Arizona, SCAN serves seniors in Maricopa and Pima counties.
Of SCAN's more than 130,000 members, approximately 8,000 are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. SCAN offers a Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE-SNP) specifically designed for these individuals.
SCAN also manages one of the largest and most successful Multi-Purpose Senior
Service Projects (MSSP) in California. The MSSP provides community-based, long-
term care and personal care coordination for low-income frail seniors. A similar
program managed by SCAN, called Linkages, provides case management and community
services to support independence for disabled adults.
SCAN is excited about expanding its mission to improve the lives of seniors
through its benefit offerings and its overall expertise in senior health care.
SCAN offers an innovative answer to the question of how to care for an
increasing number of senior citizens. According to the U.S. Census, in 2001,
12.4% of the population was aged 65 and older. By 2030, however, people aged 65
and older are expected to make up 20% of the population. By expanding its
membership and by maintaining its success, SCAN will meet its past, present and future goals: to provide the services necessary to help seniors maintain the best possible health while allowing them to remain independent.