|[March 18, 2013]
Citizens Choice Healthplan and Healthways Partner to Offer SilverSneakers® Fitness Program
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
As part of their mission to become a leader in the health care industry
by improving the well-being of their members, Citizens Choice Healthplan
today announced a partnership with well-being improvement leader
Healthways to offer the award-winning SilverSneakers® Fitness
Program to eligible Medicare Advantage members.
SilverSneakers, the nation's leading exercise program designed to keep
older adults active and healthy, will be available to members of the
Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO Medicare Advantage plan effective January
1, 2013 in the following California counties: Los Angeles, Orange (News - Alert),
Riverside, San Bernardino and Stanislaus.
"Our niche is our ability to serve the elderly with a comprehensive
array of value-based benefits that keep them healthy and can improve
their overall health status. One such benefit is the SilverSneakers
Fitness Program," states Paul Kahen, CEO, Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO.
Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and
outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity
in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care
costs. Physical activity can reduce the risk of certain chronic
diseases, may relieve symptoms of depression, helps to maintain
independent living, and enhances overall quality of life.
Strength training is recommended as part of a comprehensive physical
activity program among older adults and may help to improve balance and
decrease rik of falls.1 SilverSneakers engages participants
in more frequent strength training, aerobic, and flexibility exercise
through access to a variety of venues and programming designed
specifically for older adults that incorporates social experiences.
"Citizens Choice Healthplan is renowned for its work with diverse
communities to promote member health and wellness. By providing the
SilverSneakers Fitness Program to their older adult Medicare Advantage
members, Citizens Choice is demonstrating their commitment to meeting
the diverse needs of their members through a solution designed to
enhance the health and well-being of participants," said Ben R. Leedle,
Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. "SilverSneakers
is a time-tested, proven program that provides a unique combination of
exercise and social support, and Healthways is very proud to partner
with Citizens Choice."
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and serves more
than 10 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network
offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and
wellness facilities nationwide.
About Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO
Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO is ranked in the top three value-based
Medicare Advantage Plans surveyed in Los Angeles County. Its zero
co-payment benefit and zero premium include no-cost doctor and
specialist visits, no-cost inpatient hospital and skilled nursing care,
vision and routine hearing testing. Also included are Formulary generic
medications, routine physical exams and 15 roundtrip transportation
services for health related visits at no cost. Citizens Choice
Healthplan HMO serves approximately 13,000 members, 55% of them
Hispanic. All member services staff and outreach representatives are
bilingual and understand the cultural dynamics of the ethnic and
disabled communities they serve.
Citizens Choice Healthplan has also won the Senior Choice Gold Award by
Health Metrix Research, an independent research firm that compares MAPD
plans across the U.S., for having the best benefits at the lowest out of
pocket costs for Medicare Beneficiaries in Riverside and San Bernardino
Counties. Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO is a Medicare Advantage
Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) that contracts with the Federal Government
to provide services to all eligible for Part A and Part B Medicare
recipients. Citizens Choice Healthplan can be reached at (323) 728-7232
or at www.citizenschoicehealth.com.
1 Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older
Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being. Washington, DC: U.S.
Government Printing Office. June 2012.
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