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Humana offers $100,000 grant for Louisiana Benefits 2007

Health insurer to recognize Louisiana nonprofit with charitable award

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007 10:15 am EDT

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NEW ORLEANS

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"Humana is very pleased to revive this statewide grant program,” said Humana Louisiana Commercial Market President Jamie Schlottman."

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Louisiana nonprofit organizations and charitable groups are invited to apply for a one-time, $100,000 grant in the 2007 Louisiana Benefits charitable awards program, created and funded by health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

Humanas 2007 Louisiana Benefits program will award a one-time, $100,000 grant to a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Louisiana that is doing valuable work to benefit the people that live in the state. Louisiana Benefits supports charitable organizations that focus on the mind, body and spirit.

Humana initially launched the grant program in 2005. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf region, however, the health benefits company redirected its efforts to assist in storm relief and disaster recovery along the Gulf Coast.

In fact, Humana and its associates, through The Humana Foundation and an employee matching gifts program, pledged more than $1.6 million to disaster relief efforts.

"Humana is very pleased to revive this statewide grant program, said Humana Louisiana Commercial Market President Jamie Schlottman. "While we felt it was important to refocus our philanthropic and humanitarian efforts after the hurricane devastation the state of Louisiana experienced two years ago, we strongly believe the time is right now for Louisiana Benefits to return, and we know this program will have a significant and meaningful impact on promoting healthy lives and healthy communities in the state.

The grant application deadline for this years Louisiana Benefits charitable competition is July 30, and Lousiana Benefits is open to Louisiana-based, 501(c)(3) organizations.

Louisiana-based nonprofit groups are encouraged to visit www.louisianabenefits.org to download an online copy of this years grant application, and review competition rules.

Grant applicants should delineate how they would use Humanas Louisiana Benefits grant to transform their organization; detail their financial health and examples of successful projects theyve implemented; and, describe how their organization benefits the people of Louisiana.

Louisiana Benefits 2007 will give special consideration to projects that:

  • Have outcomes that address the communitys health and wellness needs;
  • Can be completed within a year with the one time grant; and
  • Will be able to continue without requiring additional financial support.

A diverse panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders and business representatives, will work with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Humana will recognize and celebrate the 2007 Louisiana Benefits grant winner at an awards ceremony in early November.

About Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana, Inc.

Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana is one of the largest health benefits plans in the New Orleans market and the third largest in the state of Louisiana with approximately 150,000 commercial medical members and more than 110,000 Medicare members.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 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 46-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.

Contact:

Humana Corporate Communications
Mitch Lubitz, 813-287-6180
Cell: 813-732-0386
Mlubitz@humana.com
www.louisianabenefits.org