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Humana Expands Medicare Coverage in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo Area

New Local PPO Now Available for People with Medicare


Monday, November 12, 2007 11:35 am EST



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KALAMAZOO, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today the expansion of its Medicare presence in Allegan, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. Beginning on Nov. 15, seniors in those counties can enroll in a new, local HumanaChoicePPO plan for 2008.

The expansion, approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, builds upon Humanas other Medicare plans currently available in the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo area, as the company focuses on providing greater choice to meet the changing needs of people with Medicare.

The HumanaChoicePPO is a Medicare Advantage plan that provides seniors with an affordable alternative to original Medicare or a Medicare supplement plan. Members have the flexibility to select a provider or facility of choice either in or out of network, although out-of-network benefits are reduced. The plan also offers low copays for in-network physician office visits, as well as a dental care benefit.

As baby boomers and individuals with Medicare age, their insurance needs change. Were committed to updating our Medicare product offerings to meet them where they are, said Joseph Braun, Medicare director for Humanas Michigan market. Weve listened to people with Medicare and have used our experience in health benefits to give them more options to fit their needs. With each local PPO customized for a specific market, we can better tailor our product offerings to the preferences of Medicare members.

Available for a $30 monthly premium, the new PPO plan includes money-saving features, like coverage of a routine vision exam, smoking cessation, access to Humanas 24-hour nurse support service called HumanaFirst, and a member-assistance program designed to help members live active, fulfilled lives. The plan also includes a membership in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, designed especially for seniors, at no additional charge.

Those eligible for Medicare throughout the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo area continue to have the choice of Humana's private fee-for-service plan, Humana Gold Choice, which offers members nationwide medical coverage; regional HumanaChoicePPO plans; and stand-alone Part D prescription drug plans.

Humana Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare, not a supplement. For more information about enrolling in any Humana plan, visit www.humana-medicare.com or call toll-free 1-800-833-6578.

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, including 169,000 in Michigan. 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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Humana Corporate Communications
Amanda Dvorchak Harris, 312-441-5361