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Humana Military Encourages South Region TRICARE Beneficiaries to Get Their H1N1 Flu Vaccines

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Monday, November 9, 2009 9:40 am EST

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Military Healthcare Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), encourages TRICARE South Region beneficiaries to get their H1N1 influenza vaccinations in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. Anticipating a greater need for the shots, the Department of Defense (DoD) is encouraging all military personnel to obtain the vaccines.

The DoD waived the deductible, cost shares and co-payments accompanied with acquiring this particular vaccine, therefore TRICARE Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries may get the vaccine from either a network or non-network provider. Prime enrollees may also obtain this shot without the referrals and authorizations normally required for immunizations. This temporary waiver is in effect from October 1, 2009 – May 1, 2010.

“We believe the H1N1 virus is on the minds of everyone this flu season,” said John Crum, MD, chief medical officer of Humana Military. “It is important our beneficiaries know the steps they need to take to acquire the vaccine and how to reduce the spread of the virus,” said Crum.

Tips for preventing the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus include:

  • Washing your hands with soap and warm/hot water
  • Using an alcohol-based sanitizer when hand washing is not possible
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding contact with your nose, eyes and mouth
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you have flu-like symptoms.

TRICARE covers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approved immunizations and vaccines according to age and frequency guidelines from birth through adulthood.

Along with getting vaccinations at a Primary Care Manager (PCM) office or Military Treatment Facility (MTF), the addition of select MinuteClinic locations to the Humana Military provider network offers beneficiaries a convenient alternative for preventive services, including the H1N1 shots. MinuteClinics are open seven-days-a-week and there is no appointment necessary. Active duty and reserve personnel should check with their MTF on where to receive their vaccinations.

The target population receiving priority in obtaining the H1N1 vaccine includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than six months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • People between the ages of six months and 24 years
  • People between the ages of 25 – 64 at higher risk for H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune system.

Beneficiaries should contact their provider ahead of time to find out if the vaccine is available. To find a provider near you, please visit Humana Military’s web-based provider locator at www.humana-military.com or call 1-800-444-5445.

About Humana Military Healthcare Services

Humana Military, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, has been a Department of Defense contractor for the administration of the TRICARE program since July 1, 1996. In August 2003, Humana Military was awarded the contract to provide health benefits support and services to approximately 3 million active duty and retired military and their eligible family members in the 10-state South Region. Humana Military was also awarded the Department of Defense’s 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.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and specialty benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 48-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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Contact:

Humana Military Healthcare Services
Julie Ice, 502-301-6982
jice@humana.com