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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2009

Geisinger Gold releases 2010 Lancaster county Medicare options


DANVILLE, PA –Medicare beneficiaries in Lancaster County now have the choice of eight Medicare Advantage plans offered through Geisinger Gold, including three plans with a $0 premium.

Geisinger Gold offers several options for Medicare beneficiaries in Lancaster County including Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, private fee-for-service and a Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan.

New this year, Geisinger Gold is offering a plan designed for individuals with diabetes and/or certain heart conditions. To promote regular visits to their primary care doctor, Geisinger Gold's Special Needs Plan offers lower office copayments, coverage for diabetic supplies at $0 copay and prescription drug coverage.

"Geisinger Gold has a rich heritage founded on providing quality health care," says Dudley Gerow, GHP's vice president, Medicare. "We are happy to provide Lancaster County residents with several affordable options for medical coverage."

Geisinger Gold plan premiums offered in Lancaster County range from $0 to $115 depending on the coverage offered. Prescription drug coverage is available for an additional premium or included in the plan. A stand-alone prescription drug plan is also available.

These options will be available to qualified Medicare beneficiaries during Medicare's annual election period, November 15, 2009-December 31, 2009.

Current Gold members are receiving 2010 benefits information in the mail this month. For more specific information on the plans and premiums offered in Lancaster County, call (800) 631-1656 or log onto www.GeisingerGold.com.

Begun in 1985, Geisinger Health Plan is a not-for-profit organization. The Health Plan has offered Geisinger Gold since 1994. Currently, approximately 38,000 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in the Health Plan's Medicare programs. Geisinger Gold offers Pennsylvania residents a variety of Medicare Advantage plans, including HMO, PPO, private-fee-for-service, medical savings accounts and special needs plans. Gold plans include hospital coverage, doctor visits, preventive care and hearing aid coverage. Geisinger Gold also offers prescription drug coverage. In the U.S. News & World Report/NCQA 2008-09 America's Best Health Insurance Plans, Geisinger Gold was the #3 ranked Medicare Plan in the nation and top in Pennsylvania for quality and customer satisfaction.

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Amy Bowen, Public Relations Coordinator, (570) 271-8135

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