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Humana Launches Nation's First National Consumer-Focused Program to Facilitate Healthy Aging for Medicare Members

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Monday, July 10, 2006 9:46 am EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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HUM
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"Healthy choices are especially important for older adults to maintain their independence and productivity"
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2006--

  Humana Active Outlook Takes a Multifaceted Approach to Wellness; Features Active Living Programs That Address Physical, Psychological and Social Needs of Older Adults  



Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) is offering Medicare members who aspire to healthy lifestyles the opportunity to do so when they enroll in the new Humana Active Outlook(sm) program. The program is available to all Humana Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plan members at no added cost, and incorporates strategies which build on life experiences and contributions of seniors by providing active living programs that address the physical, psychological and social aspects of healthy aging.

Humana Active Outlook is the first program of this magnitude to be offered by a private insurer to people with Medicare. The program has incorporated consumer-based best practices to ensure optimal outcomes through a combination of research methodologies, including focus groups, surveys, ethnography studies and consumer testing. Additionally, Humana is taking advantage of relationships with strategic partners Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Posit Science Corporation, and pharmacy retail partners CVS, Rite-Aid and Brooks/Eckerds to bring additional dimension and value to the program. Humana Active Outlook will also target physicians, network providers and health care professionals to serve as advocates.

"Healthy choices are especially important for older adults to maintain their independence and productivity," said Gail Miller, Humana's vice president for senior product development. "Through Humana Active Outlook, we hope to continue to strengthen the relationship between Humana and our Medicare members by delivering innovative programs that will enable them to live fuller, more productive lives. We've already proven that we are able to enhance members' quality of life and health through our innovative plan designs that features value-added benefits such as the highly successful SilverSneakers(R) Fitness Program. Humana Active Outlook represents the next level of Humana's commitment to our members' well-being."

Programs are divided into four key areas that offer practical solutions to aging issues that affect men and women everywhere -- nutrition, disease prevention, cognitive retention and advocacy. These programs are delivered via bi-monthly newsletters, web-based content, grass roots outreach, and community-based health screenings and classes. To ensure optimum efficiency and integrity of evidence-based program content, a medical advisory board will design and monitor learning objectives. Exclusive value offers for health-related goods and services are also offered to help members more readily adopt healthy behaviors into their daily lifestyles.

"Advocacy is an important component of the Humana Active Outlook program," said Steve Brueckner, Humana's vice president for senior products. "We believe that we can more effectively address the challenges of aging by working together at a community level with industry and thought-leaders committed to healthy aging, including government and privately funded advocates and outreach groups, civic and government leaders, our own Humana network providers, and caregivers."

"We've been extremely pleased with the initial results of our first advocacy program to promote better bone health, held in conjunction with our partners Procter & Gamble and The Better Bone Health Alliance," said Miller. "Since the One Million Strong campaign launched in Washington, D.C. on April 27, we've performed more that 1,300 heel scans to identify those at risk for osteoporotic-related bone fractures.

Miller went on to say, "Noted thought-leaders have been focusing on healthy aging issues for several years. We've patterned many of our guiding principles after those in place at such well-respected institutions as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, The National Institute on Aging, and The National Council on the Aging."

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 9.3 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 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.

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

-- Annual report to stockholders;

-- Securities and Exchange Commission filings;

-- Most recent investor conference presentation;

-- Quarterly earnings news releases;

-- Replay of most recent earnings release conference call;

-- Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates, times, and access number, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);

-- Corporate Governance information.

Contact:

Humana Inc., Louisville
Barbara Kerr, 305-626-5736
bkerr@humana.com