September 23, 2005

Eight firms to offer Medicare drug plans nationally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight companies will offer Medicare
prescription drug benefits to seniors throughout the country
starting next year, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

The companies that received approval to offer the plans
were Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., Memberhealth Inc., PacifiCare
Health Systems Inc., Caremark Rx Inc., Wellpoint Inc.,
UnitedHealth Group and Wellcare Health Plans Inc.