Vanguard Health Systems’ Phoenix Health Plan Subsidiary Accepts a Capped Contract in Maricopa County

  Vanguard Health Systems’ Phoenix Health Plan Subsidiary Accepts a Capped
  Contract in Maricopa County

Business Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- April 02, 2013

Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VHS) (the “Company”) today announced that
its Phoenix, Arizona health plan subsidiary, VHS Phoenix Health Plan, LLC
(“PHP”), agreed with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
(“AHCCCS”) on the general terms of a capped contract for Maricopa County for
the three-year period commencing October 1, 2013. Approximately 98,300 of
PHP’s members resided in Maricopa County as of December 31, 2012. Pursuant to
the terms of PHP’s agreement with AHCCCS, PHP will not file a protest of any
of AHCCCS’ decisions. In addition, PHP agreed that enrollment will be capped
effective October 1, 2013 and the enrollment cap will not be lifted at any
time during the total contracting period, except in AHCCCS’ discretion if
certain conditions occur as outlined in the original request for proposal.
AHCCCS has also indicated that it intends to hold an open enrollment for PHP
members in Maricopa County sometime in calendar year 2014.

About Phoenix Health Plan, www.phoenixhealthplan.com

In partnership with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS),
Phoenix Health Plan (PHP) makes it easy for its members to access care from
more than 12,350 physicians and providers, nearly 50 hospitals and 860
pharmacies across the State of Arizona. We are proud to serve over 186,000 PHP
members across nine Arizona counties: Apache, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa,
Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona,
PHP employs over 350 employees across Arizona. PHP is proud to have served
Arizona residents since 1983.

About Vanguard Health Systems, www.vanguardhealth.com

The Company owns and operates 28 acute care and specialty hospitals and
complementary facilities and services in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois;
metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona; metropolitan Detroit, Michigan; San Antonio,
Texas; Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas; and Worcester and metropolitan
Boston, Massachusetts. The Company’s strategy is to develop locally branded,
comprehensive health care delivery networks in urban markets.

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30, 2012, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
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Contact:

Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.
Phillip Roe, 615-665-6005
Chief Financial Officer
Or
Vanguard Health Systems
Gary Willis, 615-665-6098
Chief Accounting Officer