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Medicare Advantage Update

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Universal American Financial Corp. says it will be expanding its health insurance program for older Americans.

Universal American, Rye Brook, N.Y., plans to sell 4 Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans in 35 states in 2007, up from 16 in 2006, the company says.

The menu will include 2 plans without prescription drug coverage and 2 plans with drug coverage, and 1 of the plans will cover generic drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who have exhausted routine Medicare drug benefits but have not yet spent enough on drugs to qualify for catastrophic benefits, Universal American says.

Universal American PFFS plans will be available in all counties in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

In related news:

- Humana Inc., Louisville, Ky., will be promoting its 2007 Medicare Advantage plans by sponsoring screenings of “Casablanca in theaters in cities such as Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; Chicago; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Miami; Phoenix; San Diego; and San Francisco.

The program will include free refreshments and screening of a short film promoting the Humana Medicare advantage program, Humana says.

More information about the screenings is on the Web at Document Link