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Updated: May 4, 2010
Humana Growth Spurt Planned; Products, Markets Expanding

Humana said it is continuing its transition to more network-based Medicare products for 2010 with plans to enter nearly 20 new markets with HMO products and nearly 50 new markets with local preferred provider organization (LPPO) products.

The health plan said it is also expanding into eight new counties, into six existing HMO markets including Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago and East Tennessee; as well as CarePlus Florida counties in Orlando, Tampa, and Treasure Coast. All of its new Medicare HMOs will be established in the Southwest, South or West, the health plan said.

The nation’s second largest administrator of Medicare Advantage (MA) medical plans and Medicare prescription-drug plans (PDPs), Humana continues to offer MA plans that feature benefits not available to people enrolled in the original Medicare program. It is also offering more than 100 PDPs this year, including a new cost-saving "Value PDP" – which is now available in nearly half of Medicare’s 34 regions, replacing one of the 2009 plans in those areas.

Most Humana MA plans have annual out-of-pocket maximums in 2010, and the vast majority of MA members have access to programs, such as gym memberships and the WellDine Food Program, which delivers meals following a hospitalization.

The company said it will continue to offer no-cost Tier 1 (preferred generic) prescription drugs through the company’s mail-order pharmacy, RightSourceRx, for most plans.

Humana 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.

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  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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