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MinuteClinic Becomes Participating Provider for Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North, Insurer for Military Families
Date:2/18/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail health care in the United States, announced that it has become a participating provider in the network of Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North.

TRICARE is the uniformed services health care program for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors, and others who are eligible.

"Health Net Federal Services is extremely pleased MinuteClinic has joined our TRICARE provider network, extending the provider-base of quality health care to active duty and retired military personnel and their families in the TRICARE North Region," said Steve Tough, president, Health Net Federal Services.

Nearly 1.5 million TRICARE health care beneficiaries now have in-network access to MinuteClinic health care centers located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 13 states: Connecticut; Illinois; Indiana; Massachusetts; Maryland; Michigan; St. Louis; Missouri area; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

"We believe MinuteClinic can help to increase access to care and provide cost-savings to families when it's needed most," said Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. "We look forward to working with Health Net Federal Services to extend care to TRICARE North beneficiaries through our convenient locations, which include many health care centers near military bases and government installations."

MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters-prepared, board-certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions when clinically indicated for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B are also available. MinuteClinic retail locations are open seven days a week including weekday evening hours. No appointment is necessary.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners utilize nationally recognized medical protocols to diagnose and treat health conditions. With the patient's consent, treatment information is shared with his or her primary care physician to facilitate continuity of care.

About Health Net

Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies including the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. As the managed care support contractor for the TRICARE North Region, Health Net provides health care services to over 3 million uniformed services beneficiaries, active and retired, and their families. Health Net, Inc. is among the nation's largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company's health plans and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.7 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net's behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, provides mental health benefits to approximately 6.9 million individuals in all 50 states. The company's subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

About MinuteClinic

Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the No. 1 provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence with more than 500 locations in 25 states. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. The company has generated more than 3 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. A recognized leader in the patient-centric health care movement, MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is the first and only retail health care provider to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.


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