November 13, 2008

Coventry Health Care Expands Coverage to Offer Medicare Advantage Plans to Beneficiaries in 10 Additional Counties

Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. has expanded its current service area to include eligible Medicare beneficiaries in the following Iowa counties:

-- Cass

-- Crawford

-- Fremont

-- Harrison

-- Mills

-- Monona

-- Montgomery

-- Page

-- Pottawattamie

-- Shelby

Coventry Health Care's current service area includes:

-- Black Hawk

-- Bremer

-- Buchanan

-- Butler

-- Cedar

-- Dallas

-- Delaware

-- Fayette

-- Grundy

-- Jasper

-- Johnson

-- Jones

-- Linn

-- Madison

-- Marion

-- Monroe

-- Muscatine

-- Plymouth

-- Polk

-- Scott

-- Warren

-- Washington

-- Winneshiek

-- Woodbury

-- Wright

During the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which runs from November 15 through December 31, Medicare beneficiaries in these counties can enroll for coverage that includes services not routinely offered by Original Medicare, including:

-- Dental

-- Vision

-- Hearing

-- Health Club Membership

Depending on the plan options selected, Medicare beneficiaries can take advantage of these benefits for only a small monthly plan premium.

"Given the current economic situation, Medicare eligibles and their families are understandably concerned about getting the most value for their dollar," said Kathy Mallatt, chief executive officer of Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. "The Medicare Advantage plans offered by Coventry Health Care offer a way to get coverage and service beyond what is offered by Original Medicare."

"Our priorities are to help Medicare eligible beneficiaries be healthy, save money and be independent," she added.

Coventry Health Care is also one of only a few insurers in the state to offer a Special Needs Plan (SNP) for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid as well as those with chronic health conditions.

AdvantraOne(SM) offers coverage for anyone eligible for Medicare and Medicaid living in the plan's service area. Those unsure of their status can visit, a website designed in partnership with the National Council on Aging to help the many Medicare beneficiaries-especially those with limited incomes-who may be missing out on assistance from federal, state and local programs that can help with prescription drugs, nutrition, utilities and much more.

AdvantraExtra(SM) is designed to help those with diabetes or high cholesterol by offering not only coverage beyond Original Medicare, but by helping them with the costs of chronic-care specific supplies and often costly prescription medication.

Individuals wishing to learn more can call 1-866-391-5007 (TTY/TDD 1-888-788-4010) to schedule a home visit by a plan representative, attendance at one of the plan's sales seminars or to request an information packet. Additional information can also be found at

Coventry Health Care is also working with licensed insurance agents and brokers statewide to provide information to their clients.

"Our agents and brokers must pass a rigorous examination on Medicare and on our products before being allowed to promote our plans to beneficiaries," noted Mallatt. "We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries get the information they want and need to help them make the right choice for them."

Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. is part of Coventry Health Care. Coventry Health Care is a diversified national managed healthcare company based in Bethesda, Maryland, operating health plans, insurance companies, network rental and workers' compensation services companies. Through its Commercial Business, Individual Consumer & Government Business, and Specialty Business divisions, Coventry provides a full range of risk and fee-based managed care products and services to a broad cross section of individuals, employer and government-funded groups, government agencies, and other insurance carriers and administrators.