With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the importance of addressing the health and lifestyle needs of the country’s senior population has never been greater. And doing so with the compassion and dignity these
older Americans have earned over their lifetime has never been more critical.
Enter Peter Begans, senior vice president of government affairs at SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans serving nearly 170,000 members in California and Arizona. Included in
that membership are more than 200 centenarians as well as seniors with chronic conditions, those who are dually eligible for Medicaid/Medi-Cal and Medicare, and those who are nursing home certified but choose instead to remain in the comfort and security of their own home.
Advocating on behalf of those seniors, Peter works directly with regulators, legislators and community leaders to promote common-sense and value-based solutions to today’s healthcare challenges. In support of that effort, Peter has played a leadership role not only with SCAN but with the Coalition to Support Independence in Medicare, a national consortium of 14 leading healthcare organizations who endorse bipartisan legislation that will allow frail older Americans to receive individualized care in their own homes
rather than in nursing facilities.
In addition to his legislative focus, Peter oversees Independence at Home, SCAN’s community service division, which provides culturally and economically diverse seniors and disabled adults with personalized home and community-based services. Included in IAH are SCAN’s mission-driven outreach efforts comprising the award-winning Trading AgesTM “senior-sensitivity” training, charitable giving, a community-based education and resource center, and the SCAN Van – the nation’s first mobile resource center built
specifically for seniors and caregivers.
A magna cum laude graduate from Boston College, prior to joining SCAN in 2010 Peter served for seven years as vice president of federal government affairs for Medco Health Solutions. He also worked for a decade as vice president of government relations for Prudential Insurance and for six years at ABC News where he served as a national political analyst, pollster and writer.
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