Alegent Health to Participate in Today's Options PPO Medicare Advantage Plan
Release Date: 12/09/2008

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  OMAHA, Neb. – Of the 45 million Americans currently enrolled in Medicare, 23 percent have chosen a private Medicare Advantage Plan. These plans have increased in popularity in recent years – as they often provide enrollees with many advantages not available in the traditional Medicare program. With market demand on the rise in the region, Alegent Health had been contacted by many consumers encouraging it to reconsider its current policy of not contracting with such plans. Alegent Health initiated a review to determine which plans would best align with its values and would be willing to work together with Alegent Health to improve the health of its patients and community. The initial result of this search has been the selection of Today's Options PPO which Alegent Health will begin accepting on January 1, 2009. "As the largest provider of healthcare in the region, Alegent Health serves over 100,000 Medicare patients every year," said Scott Wooten, Alegent Health's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We are delighted to be able to serve Medicare Advantage consumers through our new relationship with Today's Options in January. Today's Options was very innovative in addressing our mutual contractual concerns and expressed a desire to work together to improve the health of our patients and our community." Although there are other Medicare Advantage products available for seniors wishing to enroll in an appropriate Medicare plan, Alegent Health has contracted to serve as the network for Today's Options PPO. The company also offers a Private Fee For Service replacement plan, but Alegent Health will not participate with this plan. For more information regarding Today’s Options, please contact (402) 614-9292. About Alegent Health Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRH). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at www.alegent.com. About Today’s Options Today’s Options is a Universal American company. Universal American offers a diverse range of healthcare products - including health insurance, managed care, and prescription drug benefits - through its subsidiaries. Its companies are collectively among the leading providers of Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans in the U.S., as over two million seniors rely on Universal American's products for their health or prescription drug coverage. For more information on Universal American, log on to www.universalamerican.com or dial 1-866-443-9698.