Humana Announces Preferred Pharmacy Network for its MedicareAdvantage and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans

Humana's Medicare members will have access to four national pharmacy retailers

with 14,500 stores throughout the country for their prescription needs

Sep 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Humana Inc.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Humana Inc. (NYSE:   HUM)
 announced today that four national retail pharmacy chains, which are part of
 Humana's national pharmacy network, will be its Preferred Pharmacy Network for
 members enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans and its new Medicare Part D
 prescription drug plans that will become effective on January 1, 2006.  All
 Wal*Mart, SAM'S CLUB and Neighborhood Market locations, as well as CVS, Rite
 Aid, and Brooks Eckerd, will be the preferred pharmacies for Medicare
 beneficiaries enrolled in Humana's Medicare plans.
     "Humana has a long history in serving Medicare beneficiaries, so we
 understand what is important to this segment of the population. Humana's
 preferred pharmacy partners recognize that creating an integrated experience
 of clinical programs and education for these Medicare beneficiaries adds value
 and gives them peace of mind about their health care," said Stefen Brueckner,
 vice president of senior products for Humana. "Equally important is that the
 pharmacies in Humana's Preferred Pharmacy Network have the distribution and
 geographic reach Humana needs to ensure all its Medicare members have access
 to a broad network of pharmacies, and pharmacists who have the background and
 understanding of the needs of Medicare beneficiaries."
     In addition to being a preferred pharmacy network with 14,500 locations
 nationwide, the pharmacists at these retail pharmacies will assist in
 educating Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Humana's plans about the Maximize
 Your Benefit (MYB) program.   This outreach program, which has been in place
 for Humana commercial members for several years, provides education about
 lower cost alternative medications that may help reduce out-of-pocket costs
 for Medicare members.  The Preferred Pharmacy Network will work closely with
 Humana on its Medication Therapy Management Program to achieve greater
 medication compliance and appropriate utilization of medications.  In
 addition, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive a 90-day supply of
 their prescription medications from any of the retail pharmacies in Humana's
 Preferred Pharmacy Network.
     "Many Medicare beneficiaries have complex drug regimens that require a
 tremendous investment in health literacy.  These Preferred Pharmacy Network
 relationships provide another opportunity for us to expand our clinical
 program offerings and provide yet another avenue for giving our Medicare
 members access to affordable, quality pharmaceutical care." said William
 Fleming, PharmD, vice president of pharmacy and clinical integration.  "Humana
 Medicare members referred to these pharmacies through our Medication Therapy
 Management Program will have the opportunity to have their drug regimens
 reviewed by a pharmacist.  These pharmacists will deliver health education to
 the individual member and/or talk with his/her physician about potential
 issues with the member's drug regimen."
     Humana has already announced its intention to offer the new Medicare
 prescription drug plan in 46 states and the District of Columbia.  It already
 provides Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans in nearly 40 markets nationwide
 as well as its Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service (PFFS) plans in 35
     About Humana
     Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's
 largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 7
 million medical members.  Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health
 insurance products and related services -- through traditional and consumer-
 choice plans -- to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and
     Over its 44-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to
 meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer
 engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health
 plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.
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