November 13, 2008

Coventry Health Care of Georgia, Inc. Expands Coverage to Offer Medicare Advantage Plans to Beneficiaries in Seven Additional Georgia Counties

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

-- Cherokee

-- Cobb

-- DeKalb

-- Douglas

-- Forsyth

-- Fulton

-- Paulding

Coventry Health Care of Georgia's current service area includes:

-- Bryan

-- Chatham

-- Effingham

-- Liberty

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:

-- Prescription drug coverage that includes generic coverage-even through the coverage gap

-- No- or low-cost preventive services

-- Dental program covering preventive dental benefits

-- Health club membership

Depending on the plan options selected, 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 Tom Davis, chief executive officer. "The Medicare Advantage plans offered by Coventry Health Care of Georgia offer a way to get coverage and service beyond what is offered by Original Medicare, in many cases for no additional monthly plan premium."

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

Individuals wishing to learn more can call 1-866-323-6642 (TTY/TDD 1-888-788-4010) to schedule a home visit by a plan representative or to request an information packet. Additional information can also be found at

Coventry Health Care of Georgia 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 Davis. "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 Georgia, Inc. is part of Coventry Health Care, 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. For more information on Coventry Health Care of Georgia, visit our website at