COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare Advantage plans in 95 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2010 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for seniors. The 2010 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 true 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 2010 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 2010 enrollment season."
The award criteria were based on 2010 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, 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 2010 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients East Albany Fidelis Care Baltimore Kaiser Permanente Boston Secure Horizons Bradenton Quality Health Plans Buffalo Today's Options Charleston Southeast Community Care Charlotte BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina Columbia Southeast Community Care Detroit Molina Healthcare Fort Lauderdale Medica HealthCare Plans Fort Myers Quality Health Plans Greensboro Southeast Community Care Greenville Guardian Healthcare Hartford Anthem Jacksonville Quality Health Plans Lakeland Summit Health Plan Melbourne Quality Health Plans Miami Summit Health Plan Naples Freedom Health New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union) Healthfirst New York City (Bronx, Liberty Health Advantage Kings, Manhattan, Nassau, Queens, Staten Island) (Westchester) Touchstone Health Ocala Preferred Care Partners Orlando Freedom Health Pensacola Freedom Health Philadelphia Bravo Health Pittsburgh Unison Health Plan Providence Secure Horizons Raleigh Southeast Community Care Richmond Humana Rochester Essence Healthcare Savannah Southeast Community Care Sarasota Freedom Health Syracuse Touchstone Health Tallahassee Freedom Health Tampa-St. Petersburg Optimum Healthcare Virginia Beach-Roanoke Southeast Community Care Washington DC Bravo Health West Palm Beach Physicians United Plan Worcester Fallon Community Health Plan Midwest Akron Kaiser Permanente Baton Rouge Humana Birmingham VIVA Health Canton SummaCare Chicago HealthSpring Cincinnati Humana Cleveland Kaiser Permanente Columbus Mount Carmel Health Plan Dayton Mount Carmel Health Plan Des Moines Secure Horizons Grand Rapids Priority Health Indianapolis Advantage Health Solutions Jackson, MS Windsor Health Group Knoxville Windsor Health Group Little Rock Physicians Health Choice Louisville Essence Healthcare Memphis Windsor Health Group Milwaukee Today's Health Minneapolis-St. Paul UCare Minnesota Montgomery VIVA Health Nashville Windsor Health Group Omaha Coventry Health Care St. Louis Essence Healthcare Springfield Mercy Health Plan Toledo Anthem Wichita Secure Horizons West Albuquerque-Santa Fe AmeriVantage Amarillo Texas Community Care Austin Physicians Health Choice Beaumont TexanPlus Colorado Springs Kaiser Permanente Corpus Christi Physicians Health Choice Dallas-Fort Worth TexanPlus Denver Kaiser Permanente Fresno Aetna Houston TexanPlus Las Cruces Physicians Health Choice Las Vegas CareMore Los Angeles Citizens Choice Healthplan Modesto CareMore Oakland Kaiser Permanente Oklahoma City Generations Healthcare Phoenix CIGNA Rio Grande Valley Physicians Health Choice Sacramento Molina Healthcare Salem Marion Polk Community Health Plan Salt Lake City Molina Healthcare San Antonio Bravo Health San Diego Care1st San Francisco SCAN San Jose CareMore Seattle Essence Healthcare Spokane Essence Healthcare Tucson CareMore Tulsa Secure Horizons Yakima &Tri-Cities Columbia Community Care
SOURCE HealthMetrix Research Inc.