LOUISVILLE, Ky. --Humana Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Humana Insurance Company, has completed its acquisition of Ochsner Health Plan of Louisiana from the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Ochsner Health Plan is one of the largest health benefits plans in the New Orleans market and the third largest in the state of Louisiana with approximately 152,000 Commercial medical members, primarily in large group accounts, and approximately 31,000 members in the MedicareAdvantage program. Ochsner Health Plan is licensed in all 64 of Louisiana's parishes.

"Humana is pleased to be bringing its industry-leading innovative health benefit plans to Louisiana," said Hassan Rifaat, M.D., president of Humana's Louisiana market. "We offer a wide variety of benefit choices, a robust menu of consumer-focused interactive tools and an expanded provider network that Ochsner and Humana members can access." Dr. Rifaat said current Ochsner Health Plan members would see no change in their benefits or disruption to the services they now enjoy. Employer groups that renew with effective dates after July 1, 2004 will have access to the many online resources that Humana's 6.8 million health plan members currently use.

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