HealthMetrix Research Selects 2012 Medicare Advantage Plans for Best Overall Benefit Value

Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 ET from HealthMetrix Research Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare Advantage plans in 85 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2012 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for seniors.  The 2012 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 2012 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 2012 enrollment season."            

The award criteria were based on 2012 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 2012 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  



2012 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients

East


Albany

  WellCare

Atlanta

  WellCare

Baltimore

  Kaiser Permanente

Boston-Worcester

  Fallon Community Health Plan

Bradenton  

  Preferred Care Partners

Buffalo

  WellCare

Charleston

  Southeast Community Care

Fort Lauderdale

  Preferred Care Partners

Fort Myers

  Universal Health Care

Harrisburg

  Keystone Health Plan Central

Hartford

  Anthem

Jacksonville

  Universal Health Care

Lakeland

  Preferred Care Partners

Miami

  Coventry Health Care

Naples

  Universal Health Care

New Jersey   (Bergen, Essex, Hudson,
Middlesex, Passaic, Union)

  Healthfirst

New York City  (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan,
Nassau, Queens, Staten Island)

  Liberty Health Advantage
 

(Rockland, Suffolk)

  WellCare

(Westchester)

  Touchstone Health

Ocala

  Preferred Care Partners

Orlando

  Preferred Care Partners

Pensacola

  Freedom Health

Philadelphia

  HealthAmerica

Pittsburgh

  HealthAmerica

Portland, ME

  Universal American

Richmond

  Humana

Rochester

  WellCare  

Savannah

  WellCare

Sarasota

  Universal Health Care

Syracuse

  Touchstone Health

Tallahassee

  Universal Health Care

Tampa-St. Petersburg

  Preferred Care Partners

Virginia Beach-Roanoke

  Southeast Community Care

Washington DC

  Kaiser Permanente

West Palm Beach

  Universal Health Care

Midwest


Akron-Canton

  WellCare

Baton Rouge

  Vantage Health Plan

Birmingham

  Windsor Health Group

Chicago

  WellCare

Cincinnati

  WellCare

Cleveland

  WellCare

Columbus

  WellCare

Des Moines

  Coventry Health Care

Detroit

  HealthPlus

Fort Wayne

  Humana

Grand Rapids

  Priority Health

Indianapolis

  Advantage Health Solutions

Jackson, MS

  Humana

Kansas City

  Coventry Health Care

Lansing

  Priority Health

Little Rock

  Windsor Health Group

Louisville

  Humana

Memphis

  Windsor Health Group

Milwaukee

  Anthem

Minneapolis-St. Paul

  UCare  

Mobile

  Humana

Montgomery

  HealthSpring

Nashville

  Amerigroup

New Orleans

  WellCare

Omaha

  Coventry Health Care

St. Louis

  WellCare

Toledo

  WellCare

Wichita

  Coventry Health Care

West


Albuquerque-Santa Fe

  Humana

Austin

  Humana

Bakersfield

  Health Net

Beaumont

  TexanPlus HMO

Colorado Springs

  Kaiser Permanente

Corpus Christi

  Humana

Dallas

  WellCare

Denver

  Kaiser Permanente

El Paso

  Texas Community Care

Honolulu

  WellCare

Las Vegas

  CareMore Health Plan

Los Angeles   (Los Angeles, Orange)
(Riverside, San Bernardino)
(Ventura)

  Central Health Medicare Plan
  Care1st

  Kaiser Permanente

Modesto

  Care1st

Oakland

  Kaiser Permanente

Oklahoma City

  Generations Healthcare HMO  

Phoenix

  CareMore Health Plan

Portland

  Humana

Sacramento

  Molina Healthcare

San Diego

  Care1st

San Francisco

  SCAN

San Jose

  Care1st

Seattle

  Community Health Plan

Spokane

  Spokane Community Care

Tucson

  CareMore Health Plan

Tulsa

  United Healthcare




SOURCE HealthMetrix Research Inc.



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