Physicians Health Choice Receives Senior Choice Gold Award for 2010 Medicare Plan Benefits.

Physicians Health Choice is one of only 35 Medicare plans nationally to be recognized for cost-sharing effectiveness and value in the design of their 2010 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare Advantage company won for its Standard plans in Austin, Corpus Christi, and Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Las Cruces, NM; and Little Rock, Ark.

SCGA2008_cmykThe Physicians Health Choice plans are the only Medicare Advantage plans in those markets to win the 2010 Senior Choice Gold Award.

Physicians Health Choice is a physician-owned Medicare Advantage plan that provides health care benefits in several areas across the southern United States.

The award selections were based on the 2010 estimated cost-sharing comparisons conducted in over 120 cities during October 2009 by HealthMetrix Research Inc. The annual comparisons estimate the out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries based on health status categories (healthy/episodic/chronic) and corresponding utilization of the most common plan benefits (physician office visits, emergency or urgent care, hospital care, prevention care, prescriptions). The comparisons identify the Medicare plans with the lowest and highest estimated annual out-of-pocket costs based on the approved 2010 member co-payments, deductibles and premiums that appear in the Medicare Options Compare database (www.medicare.gov).

About Physicians Health Choice:

Physicians Health Choice offers more than 30 Medicare Advantage health plans to more than 19,000 members across the southern United States, including Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Las Cruces and Alamogordo, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas and Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida.

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