Agency on Aging

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut Receives $10,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Health Plan Foundation Contributes $1 Million to New England  Non-Profits to Mark Tufts Health Plan’s 40th Anniversary

North Haven – September 27, 2019 – AOASCC has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The grant is part of $1 million in funding the Tufts Health Plan Foundation is donating to area non-profits that are focused on health equity and the social determinants of health in honor of Tufts Health Plan’s 40th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community.

You can’t imagine how much a grant of $10,000 can mean to a small non-profit.  Tufts Health Plan Foundation clearly heard our message that we are all pressed to do more with less funding and are struggling with this challenge.  The generosity of Tufts Health Plan Foundation will enable us to help more people, achieving our shared goals, by being “your advocate for independence”.

The $25,000 grants—10 in each of the states where Tufts Health Plan serves members—support a range of nonprofit organizations doing exemplary work to promote community health and wellness. Collectively, the five Area Agencies on Aging in Connecticut received two of the grants; each AAA will receive $10,000.  The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut will use these funds to ensure consumers who do not qualify for government funded programs have access to community-based long term services and supports. These funds will allow us to provide the services they need to stay safe and comfortable in their own homes

“We recognize that non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of service and play a crucial role in building stronger and healthier communities for all of us,” said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “These angel grants are a way of saying ‘thank you’ to AOASCC and other organizations addressing the economic and social conditions that influence the health of our diverse communities and helping them to keep up the great work they do.”   

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has given more than $35 million to community organizations since 2008 and will give nearly $5 million in community grants this year.

About the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut

The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AOASCC) is an independent non-profit organization serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers in greater New Haven and the lower Valley. Our mission is to empower adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information, and services.

About Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $35 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tufts health plan  for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Tufts Health Plan

Celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2019, Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.  Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.16 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.* Our commercial HMO/POS and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 – the highest rating possible – by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).**

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*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

** NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019–2020; Tufts Health Plan’s HMO/POS plan in Massachusetts and Rhode Island rated a 5 out of 5; Tufts Health Plan’s PPO plan in Massachusetts rated a 5 out of 5. NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020.  This rating references Tufts Health Plan’s Massachusetts Medicaid plan.  Tufts Health Plan’s Rhode Island Medicaid plan has not yet been rated.

Beverly Kidder, VP of Community Programs