MHN and Health Net Roll Out Enhanced, Integrated Care Management System, Unity Promotes Efficient, Secure Interaction with Customers, Members, Clinicians

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Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN), a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), announced today a new integrated health care management system that will help the company interact more efficiently with customers, members and clinicians, in a secure and reliable environment. The system went live in August 2005 and has undergone a series of significant enhancements since that time.

Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN), a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), announced today a new integrated health care management system that will help the company interact more efficiently with customers, members and clinicians, in a secure and reliable environment. The system went live in August 2005 and has undergone a series of significant enhancements since that time.

Known as Unity, the customized medical management package is based on the Atlantés Integrated Care Management System from EDS, a leading global technology services company based in Plano, Texas. The application suite enables staff from MHN and its parent company, Health Net, to share member and patient data while complying strictly with confidentiality rules required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The system integrates disparate systems into a single, member-centric view, providing one place to access all information on a case. In this manner, it allows MHN to interface with a broad range of case-related bodies and their information systems, including payers, third-party administrators, disease management organizations and many others.

“MHN and Health Net chose the name Unity to reflect our integrated, one-company medical management philosophy,” said Jerry Coil, president of MHN. “The rollout follows a rigorous course of testing, quality assurance and comprehensive training. We have already received very positive feedback from system users, and our members have noted a significant enhancement in the quality of our service. We’re excited about this important initiative, which is expected to provide enormous clinical and business value to MHN and its constituents.”

About MHN

MHN is one of the largest and oldest providers of managed behavioral health care and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in the United States, serving 10 million members. Based in Point Richmond, Calif., MHN provides workplace solutions ranging from EAP and behavioral health to integrated disease management and psychiatric disability programs. MHN's provider network includes more than 43,000 practitioners and 1,400 hospitals and facilities throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.mhn.com <http://www.mhn.com>.

MHN is a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT). Health Net, Inc. is among the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company’s HMO, POS, insured PPO and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.3 million individuals in 27 states and the District of Columbia through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to behavioral health and prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.healthnet.com <http://www.healthnet.com>.

Cautionary Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical information provided herein, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially due to, among other things, rising health care costs, negative prior period claims reserve developments, trends in

medical care ratios, issues relating to provider contracts, litigation costs, operational issues, health care reform and general business conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and the risks discussed in the company's other periodic filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

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