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
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.
For more information on Humana, visit www.humana.com.