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Humana Military Healthcare Services and ValueOptions Announce New Features Available on the Web to Assist Service Members and Families

New Features Include Suicide Awareness Videos

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008 2:06 pm EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS) and ValueOptions, Inc., the South Region subcontractor for behavioral health, are pleased to announce new educational features on the AchieveSolutions® behavioral health portal at www.humana-military.com. AchieveSolutions®, a web-based behavioral health care tool developed by ValueOptions, offers South Region beneficiaries a private, safe environment to seek information, educational materials and self-assessment tools on behavioral health, addiction and recovery, life events, and daily living skills. In the past year over 87,000 pages, covering 200 different topics, have been accessed. New enhancements to AchieveSolutions® were added in late August, including; Life Manager, Teen Life, and Suicide Awareness videos.

As the Global War on Terror continues and the need for behavioral health resources increases for service members and families, Humana Military and our valued partner ValueOptions, will be here to meet those needs, said Dave Baker, president and CEO. We are proud to offer the highest quality of resources available to our beneficiaries.

Life Manager is a web-based instrument bringing together TRICARE resources, benefit information, and services to assist members and their families with their individual needs. This tool helps beneficiaries assess moods, focus on concerns, and identify solutions to life's challenges. The many benefits to this program include; learning how and when to discuss concerns with a professional and receiving a Personal Action Plan with recommendations and a checklist.

Teen Life provides a variety of tools and resources to help teens and their parents tackle hard to cope with life issues. Parents and teens will find information on a variety of topics ranging from alcohol and drugs, managing emotions, to choosing a college and obtaining financial aid.

In addition, visitors to AchieveSolutions® now have the ability to view two suicide awareness videos, one designed for family members and another for service members. After viewing the videos, individuals are offered the opportunity to access a TRICARE South Region crisis line at 904-254-2313. This service is available 24-hours-a-day to assist these callers in obtaining appropriate behavioral health services.

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.

About ValueOptions

ValueOptions, Inc., the nations largest independent behavioral health care company, covers more than 23 million individuals through a variety of direct contracts with health plans, employers, as well as through state and county agencies. ValueOptions is a national managed care company that specializes in disease management for all mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 11.5 million medical members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 47-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

Contact:

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