• Home
  • Newsroom

Humana Military Healthcare Services Continues Service and Support for Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricane Ike

Category:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:55 am EDT

Dateline:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
HUM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today that Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS), TRICARE's contractor for the South Region, will continue its support and services for TRICARE beneficiaries in Texas and Louisiana who are being affected by the recent Hurricane Ike.

Once again, our beneficiaries and employees were affected by the recent hurricane, and are continuing in the rebuilding process. We want to assure our beneficiaries of continued access to the healthcare they may require while displaced from their homes, said David J. Baker, president and CEO of HMHS.

In collaboration with the Department of Defense, HMHS is implementing several policy changes to ensure that beneficiaries affected by Hurricane Ike retain access to their TRICARE benefits during this recovery period.

To assist TRICARE Prime-enrolled beneficiaries affected by Ike enrolled to both Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and civilian Primary Care Managers (PCMs), the Department of Defense and Humana Military are waiving the requirement for referrals to civilian primary and specialty care providers during the period September 13-September 30, 2008 in the Texas counties listed at the end of this news release. In addition, Prime enrolled beneficiaries affected by Tropical Storm Gustav were granted a waiver of primary and specialty care referrals for August 29-September 12. As a result of additional damage caused by Hurricane Ike, fifteen counties in Louisiana have a waiver extension through September 26. A complete listing of affected counties can also be found on the Humana Military web site, www.humana-military.com. Should local conditions warrant, Humana Military Healthcare Services will make necessary recommendations on any extensions for the current waivers.

All TRICARE beneficiaries should continue to use HMHS website Disaster page for updates at www.humana-military.com. The HMHS Customer Service line at 1-800-444-5445 is available for questions or to locate a TRICARE Service Center closest to their current physical location. For pharmacy questions, military beneficiaries should contact the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts Inc. at 1-866-363-8779.

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 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

Counties in Texas Affected by Hurricane Ike as Categorized by

Humana Military Healthcare Services

 

Louisiana

       

Texas

Acadia Angelina
Beauregard Austin
Calcasieu Brazoria
Cameron Brazos
Iberia Burleson
Jefferson Calhoun
Jefferson Davis Chambers
Lafourche Cherokee
Plaquemines Colorado
Sabine DeWitt
St. Mary Fayette
Terrebonne Fort Bend
Vermilion Gonzales
Vernon Galveston
Grimes
Hardin
Harris
Houston
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Lavaca
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Matagorda
Milam
Montgomery
Nacogdoches
Newton
Orange
Polk
Robertson
Sabine
San Augustine
San Jacinto
Trinity
Tyler
Victoria
Walker
Waller
Washington
Wharton

Contact:

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