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 Health Alliance Convenes Rural Stakeholders

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MEDFORD, Minn., Nov. 1, 2022 — South Country Health Alliance, a county-based purchasing health plan that serves nine rural Minnesota counties, convened stakeholders recently as part of its ongoing efforts to provide updates and get input to continue to best serve its members and communities. More than 30 people participated in the event, including providers, local organizations and county staff.

“As a county-based purchasing health plan, we focus on our partnerships with community services and local health care providers to meet the needs of our members,” said Leota Lind, SCHA’s CEO. “It is important to convene our stakeholders to get their perspectives so we can continue to advance our efforts.”

South Country staff provided updates about its senior and special needs programs, benefits and quality initiatives. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and provide input throughout the meeting.

South Country convenes its rural stakeholders twice per year. In addition, the health plan has a Member Advisory Committee to get the insights and perspectives of its members, their family members and advocates.

Additional information about the organization’s Rural Stakeholders’ Group and Member Advisory Committee can be found on the South Country website: South Country Health Alliance (