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Humana Military Healthcare Services Partners with MinuteClinic to Offer Innovative Services for South Region TRICARE Beneficiaries

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:03 pm EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and the TRICARE Contractor for the South Region, is pleased to announce an innovative service available to its beneficiaries. The addition of MinuteClinics to the HMHS network will increase access for TRICARE beneficiaries, while providing services in a timely and convenient setting. The clinics that TRICARE beneficiaries may utilize beginning October 1 are in the following locations; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Austin, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas. Additional locations will be added to the network in November.

MinuteClinic healthcare centers are located inside CVS pharmacies and staffed by masters-prepared, board-certified nurse practitioners specializing in family healthcare, with physician oversight. They are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses and provide vaccinations. In addition, the clinics administer a series of wellness services designed to help beneficiaries identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health. Beneficiaries are able to receive services that are TRICARE covered benefits.

We are excited to offer our beneficiaries this new resource in obtaining accessible healthcare services, said Dave Baker, president and CEO of HMHS. MinuteClinic is aligned with our mission of delivering high quality and cost effective healthcare. We are confident the clinics will provide convenience and quality care in a timely manner to our beneficiaries.

MinuteClinics are open seven-days-a-week; Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are not necessary and most visits take between 10-15 minutes. The clinics are conveniently located in a retail setting, with pharmacy and over the counter medications available in the same location.

To ensure quality and personal attention for patients, MinuteClinic healthcare centers are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners with college degrees and graduate-level training in family healthcare. Nurse practitioners work in collaboration with physicians and may prescribe medication when it is part of the treatment plan. Each MinuteClinic receives support from a local physician that serves as medical director and is on call during hours of operation to provide guidance when needed.

For more information and to find specific MinuteClinic locations, please visit the HMHS provider locator, http://hmd.humana-military.com/MinorCareList.asp.

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 healthcare 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:

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About MinuteClinic

Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. MinuteClinic launched the first retail healthcare centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence with more than 520 locations across the country in 26 states. By creating a healthcare delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. The company has generated more than one 2 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. A recognized leader in the patient-centric healthcare movement, MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is the first and only retail healthcare provider to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.

Contact:

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