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07.01.08 CareMore Health Plan and San Jose Medical Group Partners

to Introduce New Medicare Health Plan to San Jose Area

PRESS RELEASE - SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 01, 2008) – To help improve access to important health care services for Medicare beneficiaries, San Jose Medical Group, the leading physician organization in the area, has signed an agreement to partner with CareMore Health Plan to introduce a Medicare Advantage Plan to the community.

CareMore, one of California’s fastest growing health care organizations dedicated to providing care to Medicare beneficiaries, has been conditionally approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to expand its Medicare health plan to Santa Clara County.

For more than 50 years, the physicians of San Jose Medical Group have provided exceptional medical care to the San Jose community. As part of the agreement with CareMore, more than 200 physicians affiliated with the medical group will serve as providers to CareMore Medicare beneficiaries. As part of its expansion into the San Jose area, CareMore has signed a lease to build a CareMore Care Center in San Jose. The Care Center will offer disease management programs for those with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, comprehensive health education as well as a social center for Medicare beneficiaries.

“We are delighted to be partnered with a health plan that shares in our long held philosophy of putting patients’ needs first and foremost,” said Dr. Dean Didech, Chief Medical Officer for San Jose Medical Group. “CareMore’s unique blend of innovative medical care coupled with its value-based benefit program for Medicare recipients is just what the doctor ordered for our community and our patients,” said Dr. Dean Didech, Chief Medical Officer for San Jose Medical Group. “It’s not just a health plan for those on Medicare but a comprehensive approach to keeping seniors healthy and active. CareMore has developed a very focused approach to improving the overall lives and wellbeing of seniors and we are excited about educating seniors about its programs.”

O’Connor Hospital has agreed to serve as the hospital partner for health plan members.

CareMore will offer Medicare beneficiaries a comprehensive array of benefits with its Medicare Advantage health plan. San Jose Medicare beneficiaries can begin enrolling with CareMore and San Jose Medical Group during the upcoming Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period beginning November 15th.

“We are excited to become a member of the community and serve Medicare beneficiaries in the San Jose area,” said Dr. Johnny Choi, CareMore Regional Medical Officer for San Jose. “Our unique model of caring for seniors, -- such as our chronic care programs for diabetes and hypertension and our CareMore Care Center -- is unequalled in the area.” For more information about CareMore, please call (877) 211-6614 or visit or visit .