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Humana offers SilverSneakers(R) Fitness Program memberships to Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members; Program provides free fitness center memberships to more than 2 million Humana PDP members

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006 8:53 am EDT

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TAMPA, Fla.

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"The long-term health benefits of regular exercise for senior adults are compelling"
TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) will offer a special free membership in the award-winning SilverSneakers(R) Fitness Program between now and Dec. 31, 2006 to its approximately 2.6 million Medicare Prescription Drug Plan enrollees across the country.

Humana provides a specially designed exercise program and free fitness center memberships to nearly all of its Medicare Advantage members in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. through the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults.

Medicare beneficiaries who have enrolled in Humana's new Medicare Part D benefit's stand-alone prescription drug plans for 2006-07 are now eligible for the same membership in SilverSneakers through the end of this year.

The special SilverSneakers membership will be available to Humana Medicare stand-alone PDP members in every state except for Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Medicare-eligible individuals - those 65 and older or qualified by disability - can enroll in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at no charge beyond their monthly insurance premium.

The free basic fitness center membership includes use of exercise equipment, classes and amenities, such as swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas. The SilverSneakers membership also includes a free low-impact aerobic group exercise class designed specifically for seniors.

"We're pleased we can offer this value-added service to our Medicare PDP members," said Steve Brueckner, Humana vice president for senior products. "From Humana's perspective as one of the nation's leading Medicare providers, SilverSneakers is a winning proposition because it provides our Medicare members with an added benefit that can enhance their health and well-being."

"The long-term health benefits of regular exercise for senior adults are compelling," said Mary Swanson, founder, president and CEO of Axia Health Management, the Arizona-based company that designed and manages the SilverSneakers program. "In addition to helping seniors stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun."

In fact, a leading health care actuarial firm found that older adults who exercise less than once a week have 8 percent higher medical costs than those who exercise regularly. Other studies show that 51 percent of adults 65 to 74 years of age, and 65 percent of adults over age 75 get no leisure-time physical activity.

By contrast, 80 percent of all SilverSneakers members say their health has improved since joining the fitness program.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with 9.3 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 45-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 company's Web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

-- Annual report to stockholders;

-- Securities and Exchange Commission filings;

-- Most recent investor conference presentation;

-- Quarterly earnings news releases;

-- Replays of most recent earnings release conference call;

-- Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates, times, and access number, as well as planned interaction with institutional investors);

-- Corporate Governance Information.

About SilverSneakers

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is managed by Arizona-based Axia Health Management, a leading national provider of preventive health programs, which help individuals make lifestyle changes to improve their health and reduce the risk of disability and disease.

More than 200,000 Humana Medicare members in 46 states are currently enrolled in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. The program includes a network of 1,700 fitness centers.

More information on SilverSneakers is available at the program's Web site at www.silversneakers.com.

Contact:

Humana Corporate Communications
Mitch Lubitz, 813-287-6180
mlubitz@humana.com