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HumanaOne® Expands Short Term Health Insurance to Five Additional States

Product Provides Temporary Protection for People in Transition

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Friday, January 8, 2010 10:20 am EST

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In these difficult economic times, it is not unusual for people to find themselves temporarily without insurance, through no fault of their own. To fill this need, HumanaOne®, the individual health arm of Humana, is expanding its individual Short Term health insurance product to five additional states.

Humana’s Short Term product is now available in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Georgia and Kansas. With these additions, HumanaOne now offers Short Term health insurance in 20 states. The product also is available in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Plan design varies somewhat by state.

Short Term health insurance offers a timely, affordable health insurance alternative for people in transition, including:

  • Students who are about to graduate
  • People who are between jobs
  • Part-time, temporary or seasonal employees
  • Recent retirees not yet eligible for Medicare
  • New employees waiting for benefits
  • People who are unemployed

“It can be very tempting to forgo health insurance when you’re between jobs or waiting for your benefits to kick in, particularly when you’re young and healthy,” said Steven DeRaleau, chief operating officer of HumanaOne. “But that’s a gamble you could lose, leaving you saddled with medical debt for the next decade or longer.”

In all cases, the application process for a HumanaOne plan is quick and easy. In fact, if eligible, coverage can begin the very next day after the applicant is approved.

Like all HumanaOne products, Short Term health insurance includes great flexibility. Applicants can choose the length of their policy (from 30 days up to six months or one year, depending on the state) the deductible ($500 to $5,000 for individuals or $1,000 to $10,000 for families) and the payment method (credit card, electronic funds transfer, single or monthly check). A discount of up to 20 percent is offered to those who pay the full amount up front.

These plans have a $2 million maximum benefit and include prescription drug coverage. They do not cover preexisting conditions.

“We have other products that may be a better fit if you are looking for long-term coverage,” DeRaleau explained. “Short Term plans are meant primarily as a bridge to protect people against sudden illness or accident until they can get to another plan.”

Humana markets HumanaOne plans through insurance agents and brokers, as well as directly to consumers. For more details, visit http://www.humana-one.com or contact your nearest HumanaOne agent.

About HumanaOne

HumanaOne, a division of Humana Inc., offers affordable health insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people in 26 states, including self-employed entrepreneurs, students, recent college graduates, early retirees, and those who may be uninsured.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 49-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 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

Contact:

Humana Corporate Communications
Doug Bennett Jr., 502-580-3625
dbennett@humana.com