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Humana Starlight Award to Honor Grand Rapids Senior Citizen Volunteer

Now accepting applications from local nonprofits with outstanding senior citizen volunteers


Tuesday, September 18, 2007 9:12 am EDT



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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is honoring a senior citizen volunteer in Grand Rapids, through the areas inaugural Humana Starlight Award. As a way of recognizing their community service, Humana will honor the volunteer with a one-time grant by donating $10,000 to the nonprofit organization of the recipients choice.

Local nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate their favorite senior citizen volunteer for the Starlight Award by the application deadline of October 9, 2007. The Starlight Award is funded by Humana and is a giving program that began in Omaha last year. The Humana Starlight Award, which honors a senior volunteer whose giving spirit brightens the lives of others, will be presented at a special recognition ceremony October 30th in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Humanas new Grand Rapids office.

Humana, one of Michigans leading providers of Medicare health plans and prescription drug plans, created the Starlight Award to honor an exceptional senior citizen volunteer, as well as to provide financial support for a nonprofit organization whose good work benefits the community.

Nominees are evaluated on the dedication and leadership they have demonstrated, as well as the impact their volunteer efforts have had on others in the community. Special consideration is given for senior volunteers helping other seniors. While the program is sponsored by Humana, a panel of local judges comprised of community leaders, local executives, physicians and healthcare providers - evaluates the applications and chooses the award recipient.

The Humana Starlight Award was created last year to celebrate a senior citizen who is making a real difference in his or her community, said Rob Hitchcock, vice president of Medicare operations in Humanas Western Division. As our company continues to expand its Medicare presence in areas such as Grand Rapids, weve had the pleasure to meet many extraordinary senior citizens who volunteer in their communities. This program is a great way for an organization and community to show their support to volunteers, and recognize the difference they make all around us everyday.

The Humana Starlight Award began last year in the city of Omaha, and this year the company will also present awards in Grand Rapids, Des Moines and Salt Lake City. Omaha resident Ana Ochoa was the inaugural recipient of the Humana Starlight Award. In recognition of her service, Humana awarded a $10,000 grant last year to Heartland Family Service in Omaha, the nonprofit organization where Ochoa volunteered.

The application deadline for the Grand Rapids Starlight Award is October 9, 2007. Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Kent County, is eligible for the Humana Starlight Award. To nominate a senior citizen volunteer, nonprofit organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) and serve the community in one of three areas:

  • Mind: Organizations or institutions that seek to improve the educational landscape, resulting in higher levels of achievement
  • Body: Organizations or human service agencies engaged in the promotion of healthy bodies and lifestyles
  • Spirit: Civic & cultural development organizations that seek to inspire communities and enliven the human spirit

For more information about the Humana Starlight Award and/or to obtain a nomination form, contact the local Humana office at 5555 Glenwood Hills Parkway SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512, or call 616-942-6701.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with more than 11.3 million medical members, including more than 170,000 in Michigan. 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 companys 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 research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance Information.


Humana Corporate Communications
Amanda Dvorchak Harris, 312-441-5361
Cell: 312-285-8541

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