Senior Whole Health Is The First Health Plan And SCO In Massachusetts To Offer Debit Card For OTC Items

CAMBRIDGE, January 6, 2014 – Senior Whole Health (SWH), a health plan for seniors who have both Medicare and MassHealth, has become the first health plan and the first Senior Care Options (SCO) plan in Massachusetts to offer members a free debit card to purchase over-the-counter pharmacy items that promote good health.

The "Healthy You Card", worth $25 each calendar quarter, can be used at CVS, Family Dollar, Rite Aid and Walgreens to purchase first aid supplies such as bandages and peroxide, dental items such as denture cleaners and adhesives, cold symptom products such as throat lozenges, and sun screen. The cards will be mailed to SWH members, pre-loaded with $25 in value and automatically replenished at the beginning of each quarter. The program began on January 1.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for our members to stay healthy," said SWH President Pamela Gossman. "Especially with seniors, small issues can lead to big issues and the 'Healthy You Card' will help our members take care of the small things before they lead to something else."

"The 'Healthy You Card' is an innovation, but it's also a natural extension of our model of providing comprehensive, prevention-based and patient-centered health care to seniors so they can keep living independently," said SWH Chairman & CEO Wayne Lowell.

Communities where SWH operates include Attleboro, Boston's Chinatown, Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods, Fall River, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Quincy, and Worcester.

About Senior Whole Health
Since enrolling its first member in Massachusetts in 2004, Senior Whole Health (SWH) has led the way as an affordable and innovative health care plan for "dual-eligibles" -- people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Senior Whole Health is both an approved Medicare Special Needs Plan (SNP) and a Medicare Part D Plan. Available in Massachusetts and New York, Senior Whole Health provides members with better experiences through personal care management and comprehensive benefits. Senior Whole Health's vision is to be a national leader in integrated health care that is simple, comprehensive, humane and respectful of its members. Senior Whole Health's mission is to maximize our members' quality of life, health, security and independence by offering a voluntary health care plan that's simple to join, provides security and peace of mind through support and advocacy, and helps members live as independently as possible through comprehensive, community-based support and services.

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