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Cigna-HealthSpring Encourages Consumers to Assess Affordability and Benefits that Support Healthy Lifestyles This Medicare Enrollment Period | Business Wire | Health Care

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(

“Physical health and financial health are intertwined. Choosing a plan

isn’t as simple as just keeping the plan you'd last year or looking

only at the monthly premium costs. Comparing affordability alongside the

benefits and services that help provide a healthy lifestyle is an

important balance,” said Herb Fritch, president of Cigna-HealthSpring.

“Our health care capabilities are built on a deep understanding of our

customers and an intense focus on working together with doctors and

other health care professionals to deliver personalized care at an

affordable cost.”

Cigna-HealthSpring’s physician engagement model focuses on working

together with health care professionals to tailor incentives and

solutions specific to the needs of the Medicare population. For

patients, this means their doctors spend more time understanding their

current health and identifying potential health risks to prevent future

illness. Focusing on preventive care can help doctors diagnose health

conditions early and create the opportunity for individuals to make

healthy changes.

Cigna-HealthSpring’s focus on developing partnerships with physicians

addresses two major concerns for older Americans as identified in a 2014 [/embed]—affordability and access to doctors. The survey highlighted

people’s concerns about financial well-being and the affordability of

health care in the future. For example:

  • Americans 55 years of age and older said that affordability and

    unexpected life events are a barrier to achieving their health goals.

  • Ninety-one percent of those ages 65 and older consider the overall

    cost of a health plan as an extremely or very important factor in

    their decision-making when choosing a plan

  • Availability of their own doctors, health care professionals or

    hospital was important for 90 percent of those 65 and older.

  • As people age, concerns over a potential hospital stay can become more

    prominent. In fact, the survey showed that half of those 65 and older

    considered this their biggest cost-related health concern.

  • Nevertheless, 77 percent of those 65 and older expressed a favourable

    outlook on healthcare affordability.

Understanding customers’ interests, Cigna-HealthSpring builds products,

services and networks that provide customers with a greater quality of

care and accessibility while maintaining affordable solutions. For its

2016 Medicare Advantage plans, Cigna-HealthSpring’s network of

participating health care professionals and hospitals is expanding in

nine states including Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi,

Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

In addition, Cigna-HealthSpring offers plans with $0 doctor co-pays in

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee. Texas and $0 premium

plans in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,

Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North

Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Cigna-HealthSpring’s 2016 Medicare options include a wide range of

health and prescription drug plans, as well as supplemental and special

needs plans. All plans offer extra benefits not covered under Original

Medicare and are designed to help customers better manage their health

while limiting out-of-pocket medical expenses. Cigna’s complete plan

details and free educational materials are available at .

For 2016 plans, Cigna-HealthSpring will continue to offer its expanded

fitness benefit with the .

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“Our plans are built on knowing and meeting our customers’ needs and

working closely with doctors to make sure we can help deliver

high-quality care at an affordable cost,” said Fritch. “We will continue

to listen to our customers to find even more ways to improve benefits

that help them live life to the fullest.”

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<b>About Cigna-HealthSpring</b>

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Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's

leading health plans focused on delivering care, predominately through

Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Based in

Nashville, Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring offers a national stand-alone

prescription drug plan and operates health plans for the 2016 enrollment

season in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,

Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North

Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington,

D.C. For more information, visit .

All Cigna products and services are provided exclusively by or through

operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation. The Cigna name, logos.

other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. This

information is available for free in other languages. Please call our

customer service number at 1-800-668-3813 (TTY 711), 8a.m. – 8p.m., 7

days a week. Esta información está disponible de forma gratuita en otros

idiomas. Por favour, llame a nuestro servicio al cliente al

1-800-668-3813 (TTY 711), 8a.m. – 8p.m., 7 días de la semana. This

information isn't a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan

for more information. Limitations, copayments. Restrictions may

apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium

and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year.

Cigna-HealthSpring is contracted with Medicare for PDP plans, HMO and

PPO plans in select states. With select State Medicaid programs.

Enrolment in Cigna-HealthSpring depends on contract renewal.

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Cigna
Jim Angstadt, 215-761-8748
Jim.angstadt@cigna.com

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