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UPMC Health Plan Expands Medicare and Special Needs Plan Into Additional Western Pennsylvania Counties
Date:1/22/2008

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC Health Plan announced it has expanded both its UPMC for Life Medicare HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) and its UPMC for Life Specialty Plan into Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, and McKean counties. The Health Plan also announced the expansion of its Medicare PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) into Clearfield and Greene counties.

"Expanding our footprint in Western Pennsylvania helps us continue to meet the health needs of our aging population," said Catherine Batteer, UPMC Health Plan's vice president for Medicare. "We are pleased to now serve seven additional counties, which brings the current service area for our Medicare and Special Needs plans to 25 counties in Western Pennsylvania."

UPMC for Life offers a variety of Medicare plans with and without prescription drug coverage. The $0 monthly premium plan option, which offers members richer benefits for no cost beyond traditional Medicare payments, is a popular choice.

The UPMC for Life Specialty Plan is for individuals with complex health issues who carry both Medicare Parts A and B and Medical Assistance. Combining the coverage and protection offered by both programs, UPMC Health Plan provides coordinated care designed to meet the unique needs of this dual- eligible population. UPMC for Life Specialty Plan members receive Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits, including a $0 copayment for generic prescriptions.

"By offering the UPMC for Life Specialty Plan in additional counties, we are now able to better serve those with special needs in Western Pennsylvania," said John Lovelace, UPMC Health Plan's vice president for Medicaid Services and Special Needs Plans.

The UPMC for Life Medicare and Specialty Plan service area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland c
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