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XLHealth Statement on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report
Date:5/13/2009

BALTIMORE, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- XLHealth, owner and operator of Care Improvement Plus, one of the nation's largest Medicare Advantage chronic condition Special Needs Plans, views the Social Security and Medicare Trustees report issued yesterday as another call to action to address the needs of the chronically ill. Along with a struggling economy, a primary driver of the shortened timeline toward Medicare insolvency includes spending associated with chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries. It is critical to institute system-wide modifications that will address these issues.

"In order to avoid Medicare insolvency, we must be moving forward on developing a healthcare reform plan where disease management, better access to care and improved care coordination are the focus," says Paul Serini, XLHealth's executive vice president. "By providing more robust care coordination and chronic care management for Medicare's chronically ill, and evolving the current risk adjustment system to accurately identify the healthcare costs of beneficiaries with chronic illnesses, the system can take a positive turn for the future."

About XLHealth

XLHealth (http://www.xlhealth.com), a Baltimore-based organization focused on improving the healthcare of chronically ill seniors, is the owner and operator of Care Improvement Plus, one of the nation's largest chronic condition special needs plans. Care Improvement Plus provides a complete Medicare Advantage Part D health plan and disease management services to Medicare beneficiaries living with heart failure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or end-stage renal disease. XLHealth has earned Full Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) under its standards for patient and practitioner-oriented accreditation of disease management programs.

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