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HealthMetrix Research Selects 2014 Medicare Advantage Plans for Exceptional Benefit Value & Overall Performance

October 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Medicare Advantage plans in 80 cities will be recognized for exceptional value in the design of their medical and Part D prescription drug benefits available for 2014 Medicare plan enrollees. The 2014 Senior Choice Gold Award recipients were selected from Medicare Advantage plans across 44 states and Puerto Rico based on independent cost-sharing comparisons conducted by HealthMetrix Research Inc. and MedicareNewsWatch.com. The 2014 Senior Choice Gold Award selections include special recognition for plans achieving at least 4-star overall ratings for quality and performance as reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to HealthMetrix Research Inc. president Alan Mittermaier:

“This award is unique by considering both forward-looking independent cost-sharing comparisons along with the recently announced quality and performance ratings. Each award recipient has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the design of their 2014 Medicare plan benefits, copayments, deductibles and premiums including the Part D prescription drug benefits. Over 40 of the award recipients also achieved at least 4-star CMS overall ratings for exceptional performance that sets a higher bar for all Medicare Advantage competitors. HealthMetrix Research congratulates these organizations for this distinctive dual recognition.”

The award criteria were based on 2014 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 are available at www.MedicareNewsWatch.com. HealthMetrix Research neither recommends nor endorses specific Medicare plans.

2014 Senior Choice Gold Award Recipients

    Medicare Advantage plans
     receive overall ratings
     annually on a 1 to 5 Star
     scale;
    5 Stars = excellent
     performance, 1 Star = poor
     performance.  A minimum 3
     Star
    rating is required for
     selection except for plans
     too new to be rated for
     2014.
    East

    Albany                                       CDPHP (4.5 Star)
    ------                                    ---------------

    Baltimore                                    Kaiser Permanente (5 Star)
    ---------                                 -------------------------

    Boston                                       Fallon Community Health Plan
                                                  (4.5 Star)
    ------                                    ------------------------------

    Bradenton                                    Humana (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ----------------

    Buffalo                                      Independent Health (4.5 Star)
    -------                                   ----------------------------

    Charleston WV                                Coventry Health Care
    -------------                             --------------------

    Charlotte NC                                 Blue Cross Blue Shield
    ------------                              ----------------------

    Columbia SC                                  Care Improvement Plus
    -----------                               ---------------------

    Concord NH                                   Harvard Pilgrim
    ----------                                ---------------

    Fort Lauderdale                              HealthSun (4 Star)
    ---------------                           -----------------

    Fort Myers                                   Humana (4.5 Star)
    ----------                                ----------------

    Hartford                                     WellCare
    --------                                  --------

    Jacksonville                                 Florida Healthcare Plus
    ------------                              -----------------------

    Miami                                        Leon Medical Centers (5 Star)
    -----                                     ----------------------------

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

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

    Orlando                                      Florida Healthcare Plus
    -------                                   -----------------------

    Pensacola                                    Humana (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ----------------

    Philadelphia                                 Coventry Health Care
    ------------                              --------------------

    Pittsburgh                                   HealthAmerica (4.5 Star)
    ----------                                -----------------------

    Portland ME                                  Martin's Point (4.5 Star)
    -----------                               ------------------------

    Providence                                   Blue Cross Blue Shield (4
                                                  Star)
    ----------                                ----------------------------

    Richmond                                     Anthem
    --------                                  ------

    Rochester                                    Excellus (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ------------------

    San Juan PR                                  Medical Card System
    -----------                               -------------------

    Sarasota                                     Optimum Healthcare
    --------                                  ------------------

    Tampa-St. Petersburg                         Humana (4.5 Star)
    --------------------                      ----------------

    Washington, DC                               Kaiser Permanente (5 Star)
    --------------                            -------------------------

    West Palm Beach                              Florida Healthcare Plus
    ---------------                           -----------------------

    Wilmington DE                                Cigna HealthSpring
    -------------                             ------------------

    Midwest

    Akron-Canton                                 The Health Plan (4 Star)
    ------------                              -----------------------

    Baton Rouge                                  Humana (4 Star)
    -----------                               --------------

    Birmingham                                   Humana
    ----------                                ------

    Chicago                                      Humana (4 Star)
    -------                                   --------------

    Cincinnati                                   MediGold (4 Star)
    ----------                                ----------------

    Cleveland                                    Kaiser Permanente (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ---------------------------

    Columbus                                     MediGold (4 Star)
    --------                                  ----------------

    Dayton                                       MediGold (4 Star)
    ------                                    ----------------

    Davenport-Bettendorf-
     Moline-Rock Island                          Meridian Health Plan
    ---------------------                     --------------------

    Des Moines                                   Coventry Health Care (4.5
                                                  Star)
    ----------                                ----------------------------

    Detroit                                      Fidelis
    -------                                   -------

    Grand Rapids                                 Meridian Health Plan
    ------------                              --------------------

    Indianapolis                                 Advantage Health Solutions
    ------------                              --------------------------

    Kansas City                                  Coventry Health Care (4 Star)
    -----------                               ----------------------------

    Knoxville                                    Humana (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ----------------

    Louisville                                   WellCare
    ----------                                --------

    Memphis                                      Humana (4 Star)
    -------                                   --------------

    Milwaukee                                    Humana (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ----------------

    Minneapolis-St. Paul                         HealthPartners (4.5 Star)
    --------------------                      ------------------------

    Nashville                                    Cigna HealthSpring (4 Star)
    ---------                                 --------------------------

    New Orleans                                  Humana (4 Star)
    -----------                               --------------

    Omaha                                        Coventry Health Care (4 Star)
    -----                                     ----------------------------

    St. Louis                                    Essence Healthcare (4.5 Star)
    ---------                                 ----------------------------

    Toledo                                       Aetna
    ------                                    -----

    Wichita                                      Coventry Health Care (4 Star)
    -------                                   ----------------------------

    West

    Albuquerque-Santa Fe                         Humana (4.5 Star)
    --------------------                      ----------------

    Billings                                     New West Health Services (4
                                                  Star)
    --------                                  ------------------------------

    Boise                                        Blue Cross (4 Star)
    -----                                     ------------------

    Dallas-Fort Worth                            WellCare
    -----------------                         --------

    Denver-Colorado Springs                      Kaiser Permanente (5 Star)
    -----------------------                   -------------------------

    El Paso                                      Care1st
    -------                                   -------

    Fresno                                       Care1st
    ------                                    -------

    Honolulu                                     Akamai by HMSA (4.5 Star)
    --------                                  ------------------------

    Houston                                      Universal American (4 Star)
    -------                                   --------------------------

    Las Vegas                                    Humana (4 Star)
    ---------                                 --------------

    Los Angeles    (Los Angeles
     & Orange)                                   Central Health Plan
                                                 Inter Valley (4 Star)
                            (Riverside)          Citizens Choice Healthplan
                            (San Bernardino)
                                                 Blue Shield (4 Star)
                            (Ventura)

    Modesto                                      Care1st
    -------                                   -------

    Oakland                                      Care1st
    -------                                   -------

    Oklahoma City                                Blue Cross Blue Shield
    -------------                             ----------------------

    Phoenix                                      CareMore
    -------                                   --------

    Portland                                     Humana (4.5 Star)

    Sacramento                                   Blue Shield (4 Star)

    Salt Lake City                               Humana
    --------------                            ------

    San Diego                                    Care1st
    ---------                                 -------

    San Francisco                                Care1st
    -------------                             -------

    San Jose                                     Citizens Choice Healthplan
    --------                                  --------------------------

    Seattle                                      Amerigroup
    -------                                   ----------

    Tucson                                       CareMore
    ------                                    --------

    Tulsa                                        Lovelace Medicare
    -----                                     -----------------

Contact: Alan Mittermaier, President – HealthMetrix Research Inc., 614-236-8345

SOURCE HealthMetrix Research Inc.


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