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Humana Expands Medicare Medication Therapy Management Program by Adding National and Regional Pharmacies

Community Pharmacists Will Be Able to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Better Manage Medication Regimens, Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes

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Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:05 pm EST

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) today announced an expansion of its Medication Therapy Management program to qualified Humana Medicare members. The expansion includes the addition of select Rite Aid and SuperValu pharmacies, which include Jewel Osco, Cub Pharmacy and Albertsons Sav-on. Humanas Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program provides pharmacists with medication review solutions and clinical measures to identify problems or gaps in prescription drug therapy. The program also assists Medicare beneficiaries in reducing the risk of over- or under-utilization of medications, promoting compliance and decreasing the likelihood of adverse drug effects.

Medication Therapy Management is a part of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. Eligibility requirements set by Humana and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) include any Medicare beneficiary who has two or more chronic disease conditions, have anticipated medication costs of at least $4,000 per calendar year and take eight or more Part D medications within a 90-day interval.

MTM affords pharmacists the opportunity to play an even greater role in enhancing patient care and optimizing outcomes, said William Fleming, PharmD, Humana Vice President, Pharmacy and Clinical Integration. "We are extremely pleased to partner with both Rite Aid pharmacies and SuperValu pharmacies in our MTM program and look forward to supporting the pharmacists in improving medication use through MTM at a community level across their chains.

Humana continues to expand its MTM program by enlisting independent and chain pharmacies to join Humanas efforts to educate and help Medicare enrollees with their prescription drug costs.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with more than 11 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 45-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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Humana Corporate Communications
Dick Brown, 502-580-3683
E-MAIL: dbrown4@humana.com