Cigna-HealthSpring Awarded Additional Contracts for Texas’ Medicaid STAR+PLUS Program in the Northeast Medicaid Rural Service

  Cigna-HealthSpring Awarded Additional Contracts for Texas’ Medicaid
  STAR+PLUS Program in the Northeast Medicaid Rural Service Area

   Cigna-HealthSpring Benefits for Northeast STAR+PLUS Beneficiaries Begin
                              September 1, 2014

Business Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- September 9, 2013

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI) and leading health service
company serving Medicare and Medicaid customers, today announced that they
will expand their Texas STAR+PLUS service area to include the Northeast
Medicaid Rural Service Area (MRSA) for service beginning September 1, 2014.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) selected
Cigna-HealthSpring to serve the STAR+PLUS population in Northeast Texas based
on Cigna-HealthSpring’s strong track record of providing Texans access to high
quality care at an affordable cost. The Northeast MRSA includes 34 counties in
Northeast Texas: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Cooke,
Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins,
Houston, Lamar, Marion, Montague, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red
River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van
Zandt and Wood.

Cigna-HealthSpring has a history of providing access to high quality,
coordinated health care in Texas. The company has offered Medicare Advantage
plans in the state since 2002 and currently serves more than 100,000 Medicare
Advantage customers in Texas. Cigna-HealthSpring has participated in Texas’
Medicaid STAR+PLUS program since the program expanded in 2011 and currently
serves more than 24,000 STAR+PLUS customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market
and Rio Grande Valley.

“We have a deep understanding of the needs and challenges facing both patients
and providers in the region and within the Medicaid and Medicare program,”
said Benjy Green, executive director of Cigna-HealthSpring Medicaid in Texas.
“That experience combined with our focus on care coordination greatly
strengthens our ability to successfully serve senior and disabled populations
and I believe residents in Northeast Texas will see what an excellent choice
Cigna-HealthSpring STAR+PLUS is as they learn more about the value of the
benefits we offer.”

The STAR+PLUS program combines health and long-term services to elderly and
people with disabilities, enabling them to achieve improved health and
wellness access, quality outcomes at home or in assisted living facilities.
Under the STAR+PLUS program, Cigna-HealthSpring arranges for a continuum of
care with a variety of options and flexibility to meet individual needs.

Through STAR+PLUS,Cigna-HealthSpring provides eligible enrollees with a wide
range of quality health care services including:

  *Primary and specialty provider care
  *Medical supplies
  *Mental health care and substance use disorder treatment
  *Hospital care

The STAR+PLUS managed care program has yielded proven, positive results for
beneficiaries. HHSC reports that STAR+PLUS beneficiaries enrolled in managed
care have lower rates of inpatient stays and ER visits. Additionally, HHSC
reports improved clinical outcomes and improved access to care when compared
to Medicaid beneficiaries not enrolled in managed care.

HHSC selected Cigna-HealthSpring as one of two health plans to serve the
approximately 42,000 STAR+PLUS customers in Northeast Texas beginning
September 1, 2014. STAR+PLUS beneficiaries may choose to select one of the two
health plans or be automatically enrolled by the proposed program start date
of September 1, 2014.

To enroll in STAR+PLUS, call the STAR+PLUS Helpline at 1-800-964-2777 Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, or visit
www.yourtexasbenefits.com. To learn more about the Cigna-HealthSpring
STAR+PLUS plan, call Cigna-HealthSpring toll-free at 1-877-966-9272 Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, or visit
http://starplus.mycignahealthspring.com.

About Cigna-HealthSpring

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's leading
health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population,
predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid
products. Cigna-HealthSpring serves over one million customers in locations
across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring operates
health plans in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Cigna-HealthSpring also
offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information,
visit www.cignahealthspring.com.

Contact:

Cigna-HealthSpring
Graham Harrison, 615.234.6710
graham.harrison@cigna.com
 
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