HealthMetrix Research Selects 2011 Medicare Advantage Plans for Best Overall Benefit Value

Oct 28, 2010, 14:00 ET from HealthMetrix Research Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare Advantage plans in 95 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2011 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for seniors.  The 2011 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 MedicareNewsWatch.com.  According to HealthMetrix Research Inc. president Alan Mittermaier:

"These forward-looking independent comparisons provide Medicare beneficiaries with estimated annual 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 2011 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 2011 enrollment season."            

The award criteria were based on 2011 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, home health visits, prevention care, prescriptions).  HealthMetrix Research cost-sharing comparisons for over 100 cities are available at www.MedicareNewsWatch.com.  HealthMetrix Research neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans.

Contact:

Alan Mittermaier, President - HealthMetrix Research Inc.

614-236-8345



2011 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients



East


Albany

  WellCare

Atlanta

  WellCare

Baltimore

  Kaiser Permanente

Boston

  Fallon Community Health Plan

Bradenton  

  Universal Health Care

Buffalo

  Independent Health

Charleston

  Southeast Community Care

Charlotte

  America's 1st Choice

Columbia

  Southeast Community Care

Fort Lauderdale

  Preferred Care Partners

Fort Myers

  Universal Health Care

Greensboro

  Southeast Community Care

Greenville

  Windsor Health Plan

Harrisburg

  Keystone Health Plan Central

Hartford

  WellCare

Jacksonville

  Universal Health Care

Lakeland

  Universal Health Care

Miami

  WellCare

Naples

  Universal Health Care

New Jersey


 (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union)

  Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

New York City  (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan,

Nassau, Queens, Staten Island)

  Liberty Health Advantage

(Westchester)

  Comprehensive Care Management

Ocala

  Universal Health Care  

Orlando

  Universal Health Care

Pensacola

  Freedom Health

Philadelphia

  Bravo Health

Pittsburgh

  Bravo Health

Portland, ME

  Northeast Community Care

Providence

  Secure Horizons  

Raleigh

  America's 1st Choice

Rochester

  WellCare  

Savannah

  WellCare

Sarasota

  Universal Health Care

Tallahassee

  Universal Health Care

Tampa-St. Petersburg

  Universal Health Care

Virginia Beach-Roanoke

  Southeast Community Care

Washington DC

  Bravo Health

West Palm Beach

  Universal Health Care

Midwest


Akron-Canton

  WellCare

Baton Rouge

  Peoples Health

Birmingham

  Windsor Health Plan

Chattanooga

  Windsor Health Plan

Chicago

  WellCare

Cincinnati

  Molina HealthCare

Cleveland

  WellCare

Columbus

  WellCare

Dayton

  Molina HealthCare

Detroit

  Molina HealthCare

Fort Wayne

  Advantage Health Solutions

Indianapolis

  Advantage Health Solutions

Jackson, MS

  Windsor Health Plan

Kansas City

  Sterling Health Plans

Knoxville

  Windsor Health Plan

Louisville

  Humana

Memphis

  Windsor Health Plan

Milwaukee

  Anthem

Minneapolis-St. Paul

  UCare  

Mobile

  Windsor Health Plan

Montgomery

  HealthSpring

Nashville

  Windsor Health Plan

New Orleans

  Peoples Health

Omaha

  Coventry Health Care

St. Louis

  Mercy Health Plans

Toledo

  Anthem

West


Albuquerque-Santa Fe

  Amerigroup

Amarillo

  Texas Community Care

Austin

  Physicians Health Choice

Bakersfield

  Health Net

Beaumont

  HealthSpring

Colorado Springs

  Kaiser Permanente

Corpus Christi

  Physicians Health Choice

Dallas-Fort Worth

  HealthSpring

Denver

  Kaiser Permanente

El Paso

  Physicians Health Choice

Fresno

  Kaiser Permanente

Honolulu

  WellCare

Houston

  WellCare

Las Vegas

  CareMore

Los Angeles   (Los Angeles & Orange)

(Riverside & San Bernardino)

  Central Health Medicare Plan
  Citizens Choice Healthplan

Modesto

  CareMore

Oakland

  Kaiser Permanente

Oklahoma City

  Secure Horizons  

Phoenix

  CareMore

Portland

  Humana

Sacramento

  Molina HealthCare

Salem

  Marion Polk Community Health Plan

San Antonio

  WellCare

San Diego

  Care1st

San Francisco

  SCAN

San Jose

  Care1st

Seattle

  Community HealthFirst

Spokane

  Community HealthFirst

Tucson

  CareMore

Tulsa

  Secure Horizons

Yakima &Tri-Cities

  Community HealthFirst




SOURCE HealthMetrix Research Inc.



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