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HealthMetrix Research Selects 2008 Medicare Advantage Plans for Best Overall Benefit Value
Date:11/1/2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare plans in 90 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2008 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for seniors. The 2008 Senior Choice Gold Award recipients were selected from over 200 Medicare Advantage managed care plans based on independent cost-sharing comparisons conducted annually by HealthMetrix Research Inc. and MedicareNewsWatch.com. According to HealthMetrix Research Inc. president Alan Mittermaier:

"These forward-looking independent comparisons provide Medicare beneficiaries with true out-of-pocket costs associated with joining a Medicare Advantage plan. Each award recipient has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the design of their 2008 Medicare plan benefits, copayments, deductibles and premiums including the Part D prescription drug benefits. HealthMetrix Research applauds these organizations and we are confident that informed seniors can rely on the Senior Choice Gold Award recognition when selecting a Medicare Advantage plan during the 2008 enrollment season."

The award criteria were based on 2008 benefits and cost-sharing approved by Medicare for the selected plans. Estimated annual out-of-pocket costs consider beneficiaries' health status (healthy, episodic, chronic) and utilization of the most common health plan benefits (physician office visits, emergency care, hospital care, prevention care, prescriptions). HealthMetrix Research cost-sharing comparisons for over 100 cities are available at http://www.MedicareNewsWatch.com. HealthMetrix Research neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans. 2008 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients

East

Albany Fidelis Care

Allentown Unison Health Plan

Atlanta Humana

Baltimore-Washington DC Bravo Health

Boston-Worcester Fallon Community Health Plan

Bradenton-Sarasota Freedom Health

Buffalo WellCare

Charlotte Blue Cross Blue Shield

Fort Lauderdale WellCare

Fort Myers MD MedicareChoice

Greensboro Humana

Greenville-Spartanburg Windsor Health Group

Harrisburg Unison Health Plan

Hartford-New Haven ConnectiCare

Jacksonville Quality Health Plans

Lakeland Citrus Health Care

Miami Freedom Health

Naples Freedom Health

New Jersey (Bergen, Ocean) Secure Horizons

(Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union) WellCare

New York City Area (Nassau) Liberty Health Advantage

(Bronx, Kings, Queens

Staten Island) Touchstone Health

(Rockland, Suffolk,

Westchester) GHI Health Plan

Ocala Freedom Health

Orlando Freedom Health

Pensacola MD MedicareChoice

Philadelphia Bravo Health

Pittsburgh Unison Health Plan

Portland, ME Aetna

Providence Secure Horizons

Richmond Anthem

Rochester WellCare

Savannah WellCare

Tallahassee Universal Health Care

Tampa-St. Petersburg Freedom Health

West Palm Beach Quality Health Plans

Midwest

Akron-Canton WellCare

Baton Rouge WellCare

Birmingham Secure Horizons

Champaign-Urbana WellCare

Chattanooga Windsor Health Group

Chicago WellCare

Cincinnati WellCare

Cleveland WellCare

Columbus WellCare

Dayton Humana

Detroit Molina Healthcare

Fayetteville, AR Windsor Health Group

Fort Wayne WellCare

Kansas City Coventry Health Care

Knoxville Windsor Health Group

Indianapolis WellCare

Louisville Humana

Memphis Unison Health Plan

Minneapolis-St. Paul UCare Minnesota

Mobile Secure Horizons

Montgomery Secure Horizons

Nashville Windsor Health Group

New Orleans WellCare

Omaha Coventry Health Care

South Bend WellCare

Toledo Aetna

West

Austin Physicians Health Choice

Bakersfield GEMCare

Colorado Springs Colorado Access

Corpus Christi Humana

El Paso Texas Community Care

Flagstaff Desert Canyon Community Care

Fort Worth WellCare

Fresno Aetna

Honolulu AlohaCare

Houston SelectCare

Las Vegas Secure Horizons

Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) Central Health Plan

(Orange County) Citizens Choice Healthplan

(Riverside County) Blue Shield

(San Bernardino County) Care1st

(Ventura County) Aetna

Oakland-Walnut Creek Health Net

Oklahoma City Generations Healthcare

Phoenix CIGNA

Prescott Health Net

Reno Health Plan of Nevada

Sacramento Secure Horizons

Salt Lake City Humana

San Antonio WellCare

San Diego Care1st

San Francisco Secure Horizons

South San Francisco-Daly City Health Net

San Jose Health Net

Seattle Molina Healthcare

Spokane Molina Healthcare

Tucson Humana

Tulsa CommunityCare

Yakima &Tri-Cities Columbia Community Care


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