CDPHP® Medicare Choices Expands Service Area Northward

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CDPHP] announced the expansion of its Medicare Choices program into three additional New York counties - Washington, Warren, and Essex - to complement its growing service area. Medicare beneficiaries in these counties will have access to the CDPHP individual Medicare Choices PPO plans, effective January 1, 2010.

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Now as we expand into more counties, we can offer these valued-added plans to an even larger service area, which include many regional hospitals and federally qualified health clinics, with no referrals needed to see specialists.

CDPHP announced the expansion of its Medicare Choices program into three additional New York counties - Washington, Warren, and Essex - to complement its growing service area. Medicare beneficiaries in these counties will have access to the CDPHP individual Medicare Choices PPO plans, effective January 1, 2010.

"CDPHP has the experience of providing preventive care, case and disease management, and other critical services to add high-quality value and service to all our plans, including Medicare Choices," said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. "Now as we expand into more counties, we can offer these valued-added plans to an even larger service area, which include many regional hospitals and federally qualified health clinics, with no referrals needed to see specialists."

Comprehensive Support
Value-added services include such programs as CDPHP Health AllySM, a no-cost, voluntary, comprehensive program that provides Medicare Choices members and their caregivers with support, education, and access to CDPHP benefits and community-based services. A detailed health assessment pinpoints each member's need for wellness education and case management. CDPHP registered nurses and medical social workers work collaboratively with members and their physicians to determine how best to support an individual's needs.

Simple Ways to Save
CDPHP Medicare Choices members are able to save money through Caremark's mail service pharmacy program. Using this service eliminates the need to drive to the local pharmacy since prescriptions are mailed directly to members' homes and include regular delivery at no additional cost. For questions about medications, Caremark offers a 24-hour, toll-free hotline members can call to speak with a registered pharmacist. Refills can be ordered online (http://www.caremark.com) or via the toll-free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDPHP has also partnered with CVS Caremark to offer its members extra savings on commonly used health products. Members receive a special CVS Caremark ExtraCare Health card valid for a 20 percent discount off CVS-brand health-related products such as ibuprofen, contact lens solution, cough syrup, etc. Subscribers will receive three key tags when they enroll with CDPHP so family members can utilize the cards and save as well.

Coordinated Help Available
As part of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit, CDPHP offers a full range of services to members at high risk for medication-related problems through the CDPHP Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program. By helping chronically ill members use appropriate drugs to treat their medical conditions, the MTM program promotes effective and safe medication use, yields positive medical outcomes, and offers economic value for members. This is accomplished, in part, by coordinating the involvement of many parties, including beneficiaries, caregivers, care providers, pharmacists, physicians, educators, and care coordinators.

To learn more about the various plans available, contact CDPHP Medicare Choices at
(518) 641-3400 or (toll-free) 1-888-519-4455. For the hearing impaired, call TTY/TDD (518) 641-4000 or 1-877-261-1164. Medicare-eligible individuals can also visit CDPHP Medicare Choices plans online at http://www.cdphp.com. Enrollment in the CDPHP Medicare Choices plans begins on November 15, 2009 and extends through December 31, 2009, for coverage effective January 1, 2010.

About CDPHP®
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009 as a physician-founded and guided health plan, CDPHP® and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.--HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choices (HMO), Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus; CDPHP Universal Benefits,® Inc. -- PPO, High Deductible PPO, EPO, and Medicare Choices (PPO); and Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. -- self-insured plans. Visit CDPHP at http://www.cdphp.com .

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Julie K. Tracy
(518) 641-5126

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