Long Beach-based SCAN Health Plan is entering the Ventura County market, offering services in limited areas for seniors looking to supplement Medicare coverage, officials said.
More than 50,000 seniors in Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Ventura will now be able to choose between two Medicare Advantage HMOs, potentially finding savings, said Katharine Raley, an insurance counselor for the county's Area Agency on Aging.
"This is a good opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries," she said.
However, Raley cautioned people to compare services carefully before switching coverage.
SCAN provides coverage for brand-name drugs, unlike Secure Horizons, the other health maintenance organization, she said.
But SCAN has a limited number of doctors in its network, and people switching from Secure Horizons may have to find new doctors, she said.
"It all depends on what type of health plan you need and what is most convenient for you," she said.
SCAN's plan, available since Monday, costs $30 a month; Secure Horizons charges a $55 monthly premium.
SCAN has contracts with two physician groups in western Ventura County: Buenaventura Medical and Valley Care. Combined, they provide more than 60 primary care physicians, said Sherry Stanislaw, SCAN vice president of marketing.