Senior Whole Health wins Inc. magazine honor

From the Boston Globe by Angel Jennings

Senior Whole Health, a Massachusetts-based health care plan for low-income seniors, earned the top spot as the fastest-growing private company in the latest issue of Inc. magazine.

The annual list, published in the September issue, ranks the country's 5000 up-and-coming companies. The "Inc. 5000" issue hits the newsstands today.

The Cambridge-based Senior Whole Health offers a voluntary program that combines the benefits of Medicare and Medicaid into one comprehensive health services package. It provides 100 percent of prescription drugs, includes dental, and has no co-pays or deductibles. Members set aside their Medicare, Medicaid and Part D plan cards and receive a Senior Whole Health card that takes care of their health care needs.

About 55 percent of Senior Whole Health members do not speak English, and about 20 percent are illiterate. Most have one or more chronic diseases. The average number of prescriptions is six.

"The demographic shift of the 'Boomers' using Medicare and Medicaid will most likely position Senior Whole Health for continued growth in the foreseeable future," Daniel O'Connell, secretary of Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development, said in a news release.