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Steward cancels accord with Senior Whole Health

Steward Health Care System has canceled its contract with Cambridge-based health insurer Senior Whole Health, effective Jan. 1, meaning it will no longer assign its staff doctors to treat about 900 elderly, low-income patients who are plan members.

Under a state law passed in 2000, low-income seniors who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare — the government health insurance for poor and older people — can be insured through senior care option plans, which allow them to carry one insurance card rather than two.

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