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Enrollment Opens for New Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare and Medicaid Plans in Chicago as Part of Contracts Awarded by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
[February 28, 2014]

Enrollment Opens for New Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare and Medicaid Plans in Chicago as Part of Contracts Awarded by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

CHICAGO & NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI) and leading Medicare and Medicaid plan provider, today announced the launch of two new products to serve the needs of Medicare-Medicaid dual-eligibles and Medicaid-only beneficiaries in the Greater Chicago area. The Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) called Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan of Illinois and the Medicaid Integrated Care Program (ICP) called Cigna-HealthSpring SpecialCare of Illinois open enrollment on March 1, 2014 for services starting on April 1, 2014.

"Our approach to health care is right in line with Illinois' transformation of its Medicaid system from a disjointed delivery system that simply pays medical bills retrospectively to a more proactive patint-centered system," said Matt Collins, chief operating officer for Cigna-HealthSpring of Illinois. "Cigna-HealthSpring's coordinated care model with its focus on individualized, preventive health care, along with our strong commitment to partnering with providers and community organizations, has yielded strong results for our customers and we are looking forward to extending that service to more customers in the Greater Chicago area. We are excited about the expanded opportunity to improve the health of the communities we serve."

The service area for the Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan of Illinois and the SpecialCare of Illinois plan includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties. Eligible individuals in the selected service area will receive a letter from the State of Illinois notifying them of the option to select a Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) or Medicaid Integrated Care Program (ICP), as appropriate. As of March 1, 2014, eligible individuals have the opportunity to opt into these plans to start receiving services on April 1, 2014. Auto assignment to these plans will begin on June 1, 2014 if no plan is selected.

Under the Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan of Illinois or SpecialCare plan, recipients will not lose any of their current Medicare or Medicaid benefits, but will receive additional benefits and clinical resources that will help better coordinate all their health care needs through one plan.

"Historically, Cigna-HealthSpring has demonstrated a strong passion for providing health care to the medically underserved and these new products focused on Medicare and Medicaid will help us reach people most in need of high quality health care," said Kwame Foucher, MD, Cigna-HealthSpring senior medical director. "I look forward to supporting my fellow health care professionals so they are equipped with the resources they need to provide high quality care to citizens of Greater Chicago who are most in need."

About Cigna-HealthSpring

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Cigna-HealthSpring serves over one million customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring operates health plans in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. Cigna-HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information, visit

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