Medicare Part D: The Medicare prescription drug benefit program. We call this program “Part D” for short. Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs, vaccines, and some supplies not covered by Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance. Our plan includes Medicare Part D.Medicare Part A: The Medicare program that covers most medically necessary hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care.
Medicare Part B: The Medicare program that covers services (such as lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (such as wheelchairs and walkers) that are medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. Medicare Part B also covers many preventive and screening services.
Medical Assistance: This is the name of Minnesota’s Medicaid program. Medical Assistance is run by the state and is paid for by the state and the federal government. It helps people with limited incomes and resources pay for long-term services and supports and medical costs.
It covers extra services and some drugs not covered by Medicare. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

South Country Partners with MedScope

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Medford, Minnesota, February 22, 2024

South Country Health Alliance has announced its new partnership with Medscope, a Medical Guardian company, to provide Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) as a supplemental benefit to its AbilityCare and SeniorCare Complete members. AbilityCare and SeniorCare Complete are Dual Eligible Special Needs Medicare Advantage Plans that combine Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D and Medical Assistance benefits into one seamless plan. AbilityCare and SeniorCare Complete members can receive a Medscope PERS device to enhance access to care and health outcomes. Medscope has been proudly serving South Country Health Alliance Medicaid members since 2019.

This partnership with Medical Guardian is significant as it brings the latest technology in medical alert devices to dual eligible members, providing constant connection, safety, and access to care in rural areas. Medical Guardian has been nationally recognized as a leading provider of PERS, responding to calls in seconds with a staff of trained emergency operators. Operators can identify the appropriate intervention and resolve situations that do not require emergency response, preventing hospitalization when not needed. Additionally, they can connect members to their caregivers for non-medical emergencies. The monitoring center is expertly equipped to support dual eligible members and provide case managers with member information, history, and the ability to follow up on care post-dispatch. South Country Health Alliance is excited to continue and build on its partnership with Medical Guardian to enhance members’ experience and outcomes.

About South Country Health Alliance
South Country Health Alliance is a county-based purchasing health plan owned by eight Minnesota counties — Brown, Dodge, Goodhue, Kanabec, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha and Waseca — in a joint effort to support accessible, quality health care through partnerships with community services and local health care providers for Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees.

South Country began enrolling members in November 2001 and now has more than 27,000 members. The health plan offers seven programs to meet the health care needs of Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees in its service area.

For more information about South Country, call 1-866-567-7242 or visit