SOURCE: HealthPartners

October 27, 2006 13:15 ET

U.S. News' America's Best Health Plans: HealthPartners Only Minnesota Plan in Top 50

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2006 -- HealthPartners is the only Minnesota health plan in the top 50 nationwide according to the 2006 U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans issue. The rankings, which compare quality of care and customer satisfaction, are featured in the November 6, 2006 edition of U.S. News & World Report. The report compares more than 450 commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans from across the nation.

Health plans were judged on areas including child and adolescent immunizations, cancer screening, care for heart disease, asthma, diabetes and depression and how satisfied patients are. HealthPartners scored higher than the national average on measures including diabetes, depression, cancer screening and childhood immunization.

HealthPartners commercial and Medicare Advantage plans are the top ranked plans in Minnesota and the only Minnesota plans ranked in the top 50 nationwide. HealthPartners commercial plan is the 44th highest ranked plan nationally and its Medicare Advantage plan is the 36th highest ranked plan in the nation. HealthPartners will be featured in the print-edition of the magazine which identifies the top 50 commercial plans. The online edition is available at http://www.usnews.com.

"At a time when cost is top of mind for most consumers, this is an important tool to help consumers get the best value," said Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO.

About HealthPartners

HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with commercial and Medicare Advantage plans that received the highest rating of "Excellent" from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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