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TMG Health Depends on Level 3's Secure, Redundant Network to More Reliably and Efficiently Serve Government Healthcare Programs
[January 24, 2013]

TMG Health Depends on Level 3's Secure, Redundant Network to More Reliably and Efficiently Serve Government Healthcare Programs

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that TMG Health, a leading national provider of expert solutions for government-sponsored health plans, is depending on Level 3's secure, redundant network solutions to better serve the needs of its clients and to improve the communications across its offices and data centers. In particular, Level 3 extended its network to the customer's new National Operations Center in Jessup, Pa., to support a recent business expansion.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111004/LA77008LOGO) Level 3's network provides TMG Health with a reliable, secure, high-bandwidth solution that connects customer data centers that house sensitive client information with the customer's other locations in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas. The network also supports TMG Health's call center operations.

"Level 3's network solution makes us an attractive provider for our clients, and enables us to prove to existing and prospective clients that they can entrust us with their sensitive healthcare information," said Chris Haran, chief information officer of TMG Health. "In addition, the fact that Level 3 owns and operates the entire network supporting our headquarters in Jessup -- and protects it with a multi-layered security portfolio -- allows us to reassure our customers that their sensitive data is secure. We couldn't have expanded our operations center there without Level 3's support." Level 3® Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) /IP VPN service is designed to deliver a secure, private, fully interconnected service over a dedicated MPLS network. The MPLS/IP VPN service is a cost-effective alternative to legacy technologies, providing high levels of privacy, security, reliability and performance, while leveraging the scalability of a global infrastructure.


"We are pleased that our network solutions are helping TMG Health better serve the needs of its clients and expand its core business," said Andrew Crouch, Level 3 regional president of North America. "We understand the need to secure sensitive healthcare data and believe that our offerings are ideally suited to the unique requirements of the healthcare segment." For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About TMG Health TMG Health is the leading national provider of expert solutions for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Managed Medicaid plans. The company is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., and is a subsidiary of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, operating through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield® Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. HCSC's headquarters is located in Chicago, IL. Visit www.tmghealth.com to learn more about TMG Health.

About Level 3 Communications Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com © Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 Logo are registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Website Access to Company Information Level 3 maintains a corporate website at www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that website at http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/. Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investor Relations web pages.

Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

The information contained under the caption About TMG Health has been provided by TMG Health, which is solely responsible for its content.

Forward-Looking Statement Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; obtain additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that could adversely affect the company's competitiveness; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information Media: Investors: Kate Rankin Mark Stoutenberg +1 973 937-0417 +1 720-888-2518 Kathleen.Rankin@level3.com mailto:CMark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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