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Humana and Humana Military Healthcare Services recognized for commitment to National Guard and Reserve

Distinction as 5-Star Employers the Guards highest honor for private employers

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007 12:03 pm EST

Dateline:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
HUM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS) have been recognized as 5-Star Employers by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization as a result of their ongoing support for Humana and HMHS associates who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Humana and HMHS demonstrate their commitment to employee military service by not only ensuring ongoing compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law, but also by adopting polices and programs that go above and beyond the requirements of the law.

We are especially proud of the Humana and Humana Military associates who are making such an extraordinary commitment to our country by serving in the Guard and Reserve, said Bonnie C. Hathcock, Humana senior vice president and chief human resources officer. We are dedicated to providing these associates with peace of mind about their employment, pay and benefits while on active duty. Providing them, and their families, with the support and security they deserve is the least we can do for individuals who sacrifice so much for our freedom.

ESGR developed the 5-Star Employer program to enlist support of employers in developing human resource policies and practices that encourage participation in Guard and Reserve programs. Induction into the program demonstrates that Humana and HMHS are active advocates for associate service and have educated their managers to ensure that associates on military duty can serve with no concerns that it will negatively impact their employment or career development at Humana.

At HMHS, we are driven in our commitment to the Guard and Reserve, said Dave Baker, HMHS president and chief executive officer. Many of our associates have some connection to the military, and are passionate about serving active-duty, retirees, members of the Guard and Reserve, and their families. As you would expect, we are thrilled to receive this recognition as a 5-star employer; its the latest recognition that our efforts in support of the military are on track and appreciated.

Throughout my deployment and upon my return, Humana Military acted in an exemplary fashion both from a personal standpoint and with favorable policies already set in place for Guard & Reserve members when deployed, said Derek Hart, HMHS associate and Kentucky National Guard member. With Humana, there was never a worry concerning my job over the 33 months of active duty.

Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, lauded Humana for becoming the first Fortune 500 corporation based in Kentucky to receive 5-Star Employer status.

Humana and HMHS are not just setting an example for other employers in their support of our countrys citizen soldiers, General Storm said. Humana and HMHS are going above and beyond for the Guard and Reserve. This 5-Star Employer recognition is all about people stepping up to support our country, and Humana is clearly committed to our nations military.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations 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.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the companys web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most recent investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance Information.

About HMHS

HMHS, headquartered in Louisville, KY., has been a Department of Defense contractor for the administration of the TRICARE program since July 1, 1996. In August 2003, HMHS was awarded the contract to provide health benefits support and services to approximately 2.8 million active duty and retired military and their eligible family members in the 10-state South Region. HMHS was also awarded the Department of Defenses contract to provide health care services and support for active duty service members and their families located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in February 2004.

Contact:

Humana Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Jim Turner, 502-476-2119
jturner2@humana.com
or
Humana Military Healthcare Services
Julie Ice, 502-301-6982
jice@humana.com