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Touchstone Health Responds to Economic Slowdown With Cost Savings and Added Benefits on 2009 Plans

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Touchstone Health HMO, Inc. announced today that beneficiaries of its Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug (MA- PD) plans in New York will have a much wider range of benefits and significant cost savings available to them in 2009. When the Annual Election Period begins on November 15, 2008, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to take advantage of Touchstone Health's money saving plans, designed for consumers who are currently dealing with higher living costs. Touchstone Health plans are offered in the Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Orange, Westchester, Broome, Chenango, Delaware & Onondaga counties.

"During these difficult economic times, our Medicare beneficiaries need all the financial help they can get, and that's what we're giving them with our 2009 plans," says Michael A. Muchnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Touchstone Health. "With our plan benefit enhancements, not only are we helping our members reduce their monthly expenses, we are also helping them maintain good health and well-being through our prevention and wellness programs."

Highlights of the 2009 Touchstone Health MA-PD plan offerings include:

Cost savings through zero-dollar premium plans. Touchstone Health offers Medicare Advantage plans with $0 monthly health plan premium, beyond the Medicare Part B premium.

Cost savings through zero-dollar copayments. Touchstone Health offers Medicare Advantage plans with $0 copayment for primary care doctor visit, hospital visit, and outpatient surgery.

Coverage for preventive care at no out-of-pocket cost to beneficiaries. All of Touchstone Health's Medicare Advantage plans in New York provide full coverage for most preventive care in-network services, such as annual physical exams, eye exams, prostate screenings, Pap smears and mammograms.

Cost savings through zero-dollar generic prescription drug copayments. All of Touchstone Health's Medicare Advantage plans offer $0 copayment for generic prescriptions that include many well-known drug types and are prescribed for numerous chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Health and wellness EXTRA benefits. In 2009, Touchstone Health beneficiaries can avail of free membership to a fitness club, and access to a 24-hour nurse hotline. Some plan options offer free transportation to plan- approved locations, and Touchstone Health beneficiaries have access to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world's premier cancer centers and known as a leader in research and patient care.

About Touchstone Health

Touchstone Health, headquartered in New York City, is an HMO focused on the Medicare market. Touchstone Health currently has more than 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Orange, Westchester, Broome, Chenango, Delaware & Onondaga counties. Benefits are available to anyone enrolled in both Medicare Part A and B and continue to pay their Medicare applicable premiums.

Touchstone Health is a privately held company owned and advised by, among other investors, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Southern Cross Capital, and Stephen Wiggins. The company was founded in 1998 by a group of neighborhood physicians to bring personalized health care to New York. Touchstone Health prides itself on its local focus and customer service.

For more information about Touchstone Health, please visit the company's website at


Jill M. Tobin

Touchstone Health HMO, Inc.

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Rene Macapinlac

Touchstone Health HMO, Inc.

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New York, NY 10005


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