Humana Inc. (ticker: HUM, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Humana Military Healthcare Services Awarded TRICARE Contract; Department Of Defense Selects HMHS to Administer Healthcare in the South
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM)
announced today that Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS) has been
awarded the Department of Defense's TRICARE contract to support healthcare
delivery to active duty and retired service members and their families in the
Under the terms of the award, HMHS will be the Managed Care Support
Contractor serving approximately 2.76 million TRICARE beneficiaries in
Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, HMHS will process claims for
eligible beneficiaries residing in Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
The contract is comprised of five one-year option periods.
"We are honored to be chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense to meet the
health benefits needs of military family members and retirees," said Michael
B. McCallister, Humana's president and chief executive officer. "As a
successful TRICARE contractor for the past seven years, we look forward to
continuing to provide our military members with innovative products, industry-
leading technology and exceptional consumer-centric support services. Our
TRICARE business nicely complements our growing commercial segment, as well as
our other government lines of business."
"HMHS has forged successful partnerships with beneficiaries and providers
while administering TRICARE over the past seven years. We will maintain that
same customer focus as we move into the new generation of the program," said
David J. Baker, president and chief executive officer of HMHS. "Our current
presence in the Southeastern states will ensure a seamless transition for a
majority of the beneficiaries, providers and military officials in the South
region, and we're thrilled by the opportunity to continue serving them."
In the Southeast, HMHS currently provides TRICARE support services to
eligible military beneficiaries in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi,
Tennessee, South Carolina, and eastern Louisiana. The new contract adds the
states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the remainder of Louisiana to
Humana's area of responsibility.
"With more than 50,000 network providers in the western portion of the
South region, and another 34,000 providers in the eastern portion of the
region, we already have an extensive network in place," said Baker. "It is our
goal to coordinate the best possible care to our military beneficiaries
throughout the south by calling upon our proven processes and experienced
management and enrollment teams."
HMHS began administering the TRICARE program for beneficiaries in the
southeastern United States on July 1, 1996. On June 1, 2001, Humana acquired
the contract to administer the TRICARE program in the Mid-Atlantic states of
North Carolina and southern Virginia and the Heartland Region states of
Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia from
Anthem, Inc. Humana's TRICARE membership currently totals approximately 2.80
In a related announcement, the Department of Defense's TRICARE North
Region contract was not awarded to the prime contractor with whom Humana bid
as a subcontractor. Under government contract procurement regulations, the
prime contractor has the right to appeal this award decision.
Health care delivery under the South region contract is scheduled to begin
effective August 2004, subject to appeals of the Department of Defense's
decisions. Given these contingencies and other variables, the Company stated
that its previously issued guidance for 2003 and 2004 diluted earnings per
common share, as stated in its second quarter 2003 earnings press release
dated July 28, 2003, is unchanged. Should the appeal process not ultimately be
successful, Humana expects it would experience severance and discontinuance
costs related to the North region business, the amount of which has not yet
been determined. These costs are anticipated to be essentially offset by
termination fee revenue from the Department of Defense.
The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made
pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be significantly impacted
by certain risks and uncertainties described in the following documents, as
filed by Humana with the Securities and Exchange Commission:
* Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002
* Form 10-Qs for the quarters ended March 31, 2003 and June 30, 2003.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's
largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 6.6
million medical members located primarily in 18 states and Puerto Rico. Humana
offers coordinated health insurance coverage and related services - through
traditional and Internet-based plans - to employer groups, government-
sponsored plans, and individuals.
More information regarding Humana is available via the Internet at
www.humana.com, including copies of:
* Annual report to shareholders;
* Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
* Most recent investor conference presentation;
* Quarterly earnings press releases;
* Audio archive of the most recent earnings release conference call;
* Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings release dates, times, and
access number, as well as planned participation in investor
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