New Osteoarthritis Special Needs Plan Now Available for Seniors
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today the availability of an additional Medicare plan in Texas. Beginning on Nov. 15, Medicare beneficiaries with osteoarthritis can enroll in the Humana Choice PPO special needs plan. Available to seniors statewide, this special needs plan offers members routine chiropractic visits, acupuncture and osteoarthritis drug coverage during the coverage gap.
The 2008 expansion, approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, builds upon the already available regional Medicare plans in the state, including a regional Humana Choice PPO and Part D prescription drug plans, and focuses on providing greater choice to meet the changing needs of seniors in the market.
“As people age, many develop osteoarthritis, a chronic condition that impacts both their health status and their lifestyle. We’re committed to changing our Medicare product offerings to meet them where they are in their health care experience,” said George F. Smith, M.D., regional president of Senior Products for Humana’s Southwest region. “We’ve listened to seniors about what they want and leveraged our experience in health benefits to give them more options that fit their health needs. The addition of this product addressing the special needs of people with osteoarthritis shows our commitment to ensuring all Medicare beneficiaries have access to the right plan for them.”
Humana Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare, not a supplement. 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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