November 13, 2008

Coventry Health Care of Kansas Expands Coverage to Offer Medicare Advantage Plans to Beneficiaries in 19 Additional Kansas and Missouri Counties

Coventry Health Care of Kansas has expanded its current service area to include eligible Medicare beneficiaries in the following Kansas and Missouri counties:

Kansas counties:

-- Douglas

-- Leavenworth

-- Linn

-- Shawnee

Missouri counties:

-- Barry

-- Christian

-- Dade

-- Dallas

-- Douglas

-- Greene

-- Johnson

-- Laclede

-- Lafayette

-- Lawrence

-- McDonald

-- Polk

-- Stone

-- Webster

-- Wright

Coventry Health Care of Kansas' current service area includes:

Kansas counties:

-- Butler

-- Cherokee

-- Harvey

-- Johnson

-- Labette

-- Miami

-- Sedgwick

-- Wyandotte

Missouri counties:

-- Barton

-- Cass

-- Clay

-- Jackson

-- Jasper

-- Newton

-- Platte

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:

-- No- or low-cost preventive services

-- Routine vision and hearing exams

-- Coverage for eyewear and hearing aids

-- Health club membership

-- Preventive dental program

Medicare beneficiaries can take advantage of these benefits for no additional 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 Michael Murphy, president and chief executive officer. "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," he added.

Coventry Health Care of Kansas is also one of only a few insurers in the state to offer Special Needs Plans (SNPs) for those with chronic health conditions.

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 1-866-985-7811 (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 of Kansas 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 Murphy. "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 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.