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.

Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+)

Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+) is a program offered to those in our 8-county service area (see service area map) who are 65 years of age or older and are eligible for Medical Assistance.

The MSC+ program includes all your regular Medical Assistance benefits, as well as Elderly Waiver services (if eligible).

In addition to medical, dental and eye care, MSC+ members can receive these health care services:

  • 2 dental preventive visits and fluoride varnishes per year
  • Preventive care and well care rewards for completing screenings and well care visits
  • Free rides to health care appointments (only available for covered appointments with network providers)
  • Free translation service if English is not your first language
  • A local Community Care Connector who can help you with coverage or provider issues

You must be qualified in order to enroll in MSC+. To find out if you qualify you will need to do one of the following:

  • Call or visit your local county human services office
  • Call Minnesota Health Care Programs at 1-800-657-3739 or TTY 1-800-627-3529 or 711
  • Print and fill out an application from this link (external link) on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website

If you have any questions about South Country Health Alliance or our MSC+ program, call Member Services. A Member Services specialist will be happy to answer your questions.

For Member Rights and Responsibilities, see Sections 3 and 4 in the Member Handbook (under Member Materials to the right).

Last Updated on 12/29/2023 by Chris Gartner