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 Receives Excellence in Quality Award

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance has recognized South Country Health Alliance with a Pharmacy Quality Alliance Laura Cranston Excellence in Quality Award for high achievement or significant improvement in Pharmacy Quality Alliance measures of medication safety and appropriate use. South Country is one of 25 health plans out of the 850 Medicare Part D plans nationwide to receive the award.

The Excellence in Quality Award recognizes Medicare Advantage Drug Plans that achieve at least a 4.5 star Part D summary rating and a 5-star rating on all five Pharmacy Quality Alliance measures. For 2022, South Country’s SeniorCare Complete was rated an overall 5-star Medicare Advantage plan by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

SeniorCare Complete adds Medicare Part D drugs to medical and dental services through an integrated Medicare and Medical Assistance benefit approach, to provide comprehensive health care coverage to members.

“The safe and effective use of medications is a high priority for care providers and the Medicare Part D program,” Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Chief Executive Officer Micah Cost, PharmD, MS, said. “PQA is proud to recognize 25 plans this year. These awards are a tangible recognition of their commitment to excellence and dedication to providing high-quality care for their Medicare members.”