October 25, 2007
NALC Health Benefit Plan Selects CIGNA HealthCare to Offer Members More Physician and Hospital Choices With Expanded Services at Lower Cost
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Health Benefit Plan announced today that it has selected CIGNA to offer NALC members an expanded nationwide provider network, as well as a broad array of new health services with lower premiums and out of pocket costs than in previous years.
Effective January 1, 2008, NALC Health Benefit Plan** members will have access to:
More than one million CIGNA HealthCare in-network preferred provider (PPO) locations.
Improved benefit programs, including 100% coverage for PPO hospital room/board charges and 100% coverage for maternity benefits for PPO hospital, delivery and anesthesia.
Member-friendly health advocacy services such as CIGNA Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy BabiesÃ® program, 24-hour NurseLine and case management.
Online health improvement tools that help members compare physician, hospital and prescription drug costs and quality to improve care and lower out of pocket costs.
Healthy RewardsÃ® discount program that helps members stay healthy and get healthy, including discounts for weight loss program, fitness centers, exercise and relaxation programs, vitamins/herb supplements, massage therapy, also discounts for vision, Lasik surgery, hearing care and more. Note: These are non-Federal Employee Health Benefits. (FEHB)
CIGNAPlus Savings voluntary dental discount program, for members to purchase discounts on dental care (may not be available in all areas). (Note: This is a non-FEHB benefit.)
"Access to CIGNA HealthCare's nationwide network of high quality PPO doctors and hospitals and effective health care programs are welcome additions for the 300,000 eligible Letter Carriers who are seeking a health plan that focuses on improving their health and lowering their costs," said William H. Young, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
"We are very pleased to be working for the NALC Health Benefit Plan, a recognized service leader among federal employee health plans. It is a privilege to work with their outstanding team of Plan Professionals to deliver enhanced network and wellness services to the NALC Health Benefit Plan membership," said CIGNA HealthCare Taft-Hartley & Federal Business Segment Leader, Kim Bimestefer.
For more information regarding these new features, visit the NALC Health Benefit Plan website at www.nalc.org/depart/hbp.
** This is a brief description of the features of the NALC Health Benefit Plan. Before making a final decision, please read the Plan's Federal brochure RI 71-009. All benefits are subject to the definitions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Federal brochure.
Note that, as indicated above, not all of the benefits discussed above are FEHB approved benefits. These "non-FEHB benefits" are neither offered nor guaranteed under contract with the FEHB Program, but are made available to all enrollees and family members who become members of the NALC Health Benefit Plan.
About the NALC Health Benefit Plan:
Established in 1889, the National Association of Letter Carriers of the US Postal Service is in all 50 states and US jurisdictions. The NALC Health Benefit Plan is open to all federal and postal employees through the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program.
About CIGNA HealthCare
CIGNA HealthCare, based in Bloomfield, CT, provides medical benefits plans, dental coverage, behavioral health coverage, pharmacy benefits and products and services that integrate and analyze information to support consumerism and health advocacy. "CIGNA HealthCare" is a registered service mark of CIGNA Intellectual Property, Inc., licensed for use by CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) and its operating subsidiaries, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. Products and services are provided by such operating subsidiaries and not by CIGNA Corporation. For more information, visit www.cigna.com.