New HMOs Now Available for People with Medicare
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today the expansion of its Medicare presence in the Salt Lake City area. Beginning on Nov. 15, individuals eligible for Medicare in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties can enroll in the local Humana Gold Plus HMO plan. The 2008 expansion, approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, builds upon the other Medicare plans currently available in Salt Lake City, and focuses on providing greater choice to meet the changing needs of seniors in the market.
The Humana Gold Plus HMO plans provide Medicare-eligible individuals in these four counties with affordable alternatives to original Medicare or a Medicare supplement plan. Members can enjoy broad coverage, all the benefits of original Medicare and prescription drug coverage. The plan offers members their choice of a primary care physician in the plan network, no premium payment, low co-payments for doctor visits and annual routine physicals, coverage for most annual screenings at no charge and emergency coverage anywhere in the world.
“As baby boomers and those eligible for Medicare age, their insurance needs change. We’re committed to changing our Medicare product offerings to meet them where they are in their health care experience,” said Debbie Smith, regional president of Senior Products for Humana’s Western region. “We’ve listened to Medicare-eligible individuals about what they want and used our experience in health benefits to give them more options that fit their health needs. The addition of these HMOs is another proof point of our commitment to provide people eligible for Medicare access to the right plan for them.”
The new HMO plan will include money-saving features, like discounts on vision and hearing care, prescriptions and complimentary and alternative medicine. They also include access to Humana’s nurse support service, HumanaFirst, and a member assistance program to provide those with Medicare additional support services and guidance.
Medicare-eligible people throughout the area continue to have the choice of Humana's other Medicare plans, including Humana Gold Choice, the private fee-for-service plan that offers members nationwide medical coverage, the Part D prescription drug plan and the local and regional Humana Choice PPO plans.
Humana Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare, not a supplement plan. For more information about enrolling in any Humana plans, visit www.humana-medicare.com or call toll-free 1-800-833-6578.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services – through traditional and consumer-choice plans – to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.
Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.
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