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Health Net Partners with Penn State and Red Cross to Promote Behavioral Health Education for Physicians

– Symposium focuses on assessment and treatment of invisible wounds of war –

Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:45 am PST

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. & HARRISBURG, Pa.

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"Health Net Federal Services is proud to partner with Penn State and the American Red Cross to respond to the critical need to help ensure providers across the nation are equipped to address the growing need of behavioral health services for our service members and their families"

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. & HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced its partnership with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, and the American Red Cross, through its Service to the Armed Forces Program, to promote the upcoming symposium, Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Service Members, for primary care physicians and behavioral health professionals in the TRICARE North Region.

“Health Net Federal Services is proud to partner with Penn State and the American Red Cross to respond to the critical need to help ensure providers across the nation are equipped to address the growing need of behavioral health services for our service members and their families,” said Steve Tough, president of Health Net’s Government and Specialty division, which includes Health Net Federal Services.

Health Net Federal Services, Penn State College of Medicine and the American Red Cross’s Service to the Armed Forces Program designed the symposium to help improve physicians’ understanding, assessment and treatment of the invisible wounds of war, including post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Pennsylvania has more National Guard and Reserve members who deploy than any other state in the United States.

According to the Red Cross, this topic has never been timelier, as Pennsylvania has the highest number of National Guard or Reserve members deployed in military operations. Many of these Service members return to their primary care professionals in their civilian lives rather than utilize military health care systems; however, they have just as many long-term, combat-specific health issues as active duty military personnel. Meeting the needs and realities of military families is a vital support needed to maintain the resiliency of our Service members and their families.

The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the University Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. For more information or to register online, visit: www.pennstatehershey.org/ce. The symposium will be held again in spring 2011 in Harrisburg, as well as the Pittsburgh and Scranton areas.

The TRICARE North Region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, the contract covers a small portion of Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa.

About Health Net

Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. As the managed care support contractor for the TRICARE North Region, Health Net provides health care services to nearly 3.0 million uniformed services beneficiaries, active and retired, and their families.

Health Net, Inc. is among the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company’s health plans and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. The company’s behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, provides mental health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals in all 50 states. The company’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company’s website at www.healthnet.com. For more information on Health Net Federal Services, please visit http://www.healthnetfederalservices.com/ or on Facebook.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers provides relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross has a long and rich history with the military, since the Civil War, when Clara Barton herself aided the sick and wounded on the battlefield.

The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families, providing needed comfort and care in military and veterans hospitals, support for military families with vital social services and by providing emergency communications to keep families connected when they need it most. The Red Cross assists in person where ever it is needed – alongside the troops throughout the world, on stateside military installations or in local communities far from a base. Currently:

  • The Red Cross serves 1.4 million active duty and their immediate family members.
  • The Red Cross also reaches out to the more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard, Reserves and their families.
  • The Red Cross proudly supports the 1.06 million veterans who reside in Pennsylvania.

Contact:

Health Net, Inc.
Margita Thompson, 818-676-7912
margita.n.thompson@healthnet.com
or
Health Net Federal Services, LLC
Molly Tuttle, 916-351-5355
molly.tuttle@healthnet.com
or
American Red Cross
Kathy Smyser, 717-475-7964
smyserk@usa.redcross.org