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HealthMetrix Research Selects 2009 Medicare Advantage Plans for Best Overall Benefit Value

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare Advantage plans in 87 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2009 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for seniors. The 2009 Senior Choice Gold Award recipients were selected from over 200 Medicare managed care plans based on independent cost-sharing comparisons conducted annually by HealthMetrix Research Inc. and 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 2009 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 2009 enrollment season."

The award criteria were based on 2009 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 HealthMetrix Research neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans.

Contact: Alan Mittermaier 614-236-8345 614-236-8034 Fax

2009 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients


Albany Fidelis Care

Allentown Unison Health Plan

Atlanta WellCare

Boston-Worcester Secure Horizons

Bradenton-Sarasota Optimum Healthcare

Buffalo WellCare

Charleston Southeast Community Care

Fort Lauderdale Optimum Healthcare

Fort Myers Optimum Healthcare

Greensboro Coventry Health Care

Greenville-Spartanburg Southeast Community Care

Harrisburg Unison Health Plan

Hartford-Bridgeport WellCare

Jacksonville Optimum Healthcare

Lakeland Optimum Healthcare

Miami Summit Health Plan

New Haven Secure Horizons

New Jersey (Bergen, Ocean) Secure Horizons

(Essex, Hudson, Middlesex,

Passaic, Union) WellCare

New York City (Bronx, Liberty Health Advantage

Kings, Manhattan, Nassau,

Queens, Staten Island)

(Rockland) Fidelis Care

(Suffolk) HIP

(Westchester) Touchstone Health

Ocala Optimum Healthcare

Orlando Optimum Healthcare

Pensacola Optimum Healthcare

Philadelphia Bravo Health

Pittsburgh Unison Health Plan

Providence Secure Horizons

Raleigh Coventry Health Care

Richmond Secure Horizons

Rochester WellCare

Savannah WellCare

Tallahassee Freedom Health

Syracuse Touchstone Health

Tampa-St. Petersburg Optimum Healthcare

Washington DC Bravo Health

West Palm Beach Quality Health Plans


Akron-Canton WellCare

Baton Rouge Humana

Champaign-Urbana WellCare

Chattanooga Windsor Health Group

Chicago-Joliet WellCare

Cincinnati WellCare

Cleveland WellCare

Columbus WellCare

Des Moines Coventry Health Care

Fort Wayne WellCare

Grand Rapids Secure Horizons

Jackson, MS Windsor Health Group

Kansas City Coventry Health Care

Knoxville Windsor Health Group

Indianapolis WellCare

Little Rock Physicians Health Choice

Louisville Essence Healthcare

Memphis Unison Health Plan

Milwaukee Today's Health

Minneapolis-St. Paul UCare Minnesota

Mobile HealthSpring

Nashville Windsor Health Group

Omaha Coventry Health Care

St. Louis WellCare

South Bend WellCare

Springfield-Joplin Coventry Health Care

Wichita Coventry Health Care


Austin Physicians Health Choice

Bakersfield GEMCare

Colorado Springs Colorado Access

Corpus Christi Physicians Health Choice

Dallas-Fort Worth WellCare

Denver Kaiser Permanente

Flagstaff Desert Canyon Community Care

Fresno Aetna

Honolulu WellCare

Houston WellCare

Las Cruces Physicians Health Choice

Las Vegas Humana

Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) Citizens Choice Healthplan

(Orange County) Citizens Choice Healthplan

(Riverside County) Care1st

(San Bernardino County) Care1st

(Ventura County) Aetna

Oakland-Walnut Creek Secure Horizons

Phoenix CIGNA

Reno Health Plan of Nevada

Sacramento Secure Horizons

Salt Lake City Humana

San Antonio WellCare

San Diego Care1st

San Francisco Secure Horizons

San Jose CareMore

Spokane Secure Horizons

Tucson Humana

Tulsa Generations Healthcare

Yakima & Tri-Cities Community HealthFirst

SOURCE HealthMetrix Research Inc.
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