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Care Improvement Plus Launches 2009 Benefits in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 General News J E 4
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 27 In preparation for the upcomingMedicare annual enrollment period which begins November 15th, Care ImprovementPlus today announced the launch of its 2009 Special Needs Plan (SNP) offeringsfor chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina, including newenhancements to added benefits and care management services to help membersbetter manage their health.

"For 2009, we are continuing to focus on providing specialized benefitsthat go beyond what many Medicare plans offer, aimed at improving quality ofcare and controlling healthcare costs," said Frederick C. Dunlap, boardchairman and chief executive officer of XLHealth, which owns and operates CareImprovement Plus. "Beneficiaries with conditions such as diabetes and heartfailure have significantly different healthcare needs, which is why CareImprovement Plus such an important option for beneficiaries with chronicillnesses in South Carolina to consider."

Approximately 160,000 Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina areeligible to join Care Improvement Plus, which focuses exclusively onbeneficiaries diagnosed with diabetes, heart failure, end stage renal disease(ESRD) and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The plan iscurrently the largest chronic condition special needs plan in the state, withmore than 19,000 members.

Care Improvement Plus members receive coverage that offers all theadvantages of Original Medicare, with additional benefits and care managementservices, including:

Care Improvement Plus will open enrollment on November 15, 2008 forservices effective January 1, 2009. Those interested in learning more aboutCare Improvement Plus 2009 plan offerings may call 1-866-766-8698, or visitwww.careimprovementplus.com for more information.

About Care Improvement Plus

Care Improvement Plus (http://www.careimprovementplus.com), a specialneeds health plan that focuses on the unique healthcare needs of chronicallyill Medicare beneficiaries, provides Medicare Advantage health plan coverage,along with a tailored Medicare Part D drug benefit and care managementservices, to Medicare beneficiaries living with heart failure, diabetes,chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or end-stage renal disease. CareImprovement Plus also provides a variety of services designed to supportphysicians' efforts to care for their chronically ill patients.-- Comprehensive Part D coverage including options offering select disease state and generic prescriptions at $0 copay for the life of the benefit, including through coverage gap. -- An open access provider network where members may go to any Medicare- approved provider that will accept payment from Care Improvement Plus. -- Vision care benefits -- Preventive dental coverage, including denture benefits -- Transportation services for medical appointments -- Podiatry benefits with $0 copayments for up to six routine visits a year -- Care management services tailored to each member's needs with nursing support, health education, and tools to help monitor and manage health.

SOURCE Care Improvement Plus
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