HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care industry intelligence, finds that new Medicare products -- PPOs, private fee-for-service plans and prescription drug plans -- will all become available in the Volunteer State. According to the latest issue of the Tennessee Health Plan Analysis, three insurers already offering Medicare plans in Tennessee have seen their enrollments increase, and two national plans have targeted the state for expansion.

"Tennessee is not a battleground state like Florida, but seniors will have at least two options for each of the new products authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003," said Jane DuBose, HealthLeaders-InterStudy analyst. "By this time next year, Medicare products could be enrolling 10 percent or more of Tennessee seniors."

  Other Health Plan News in Tennessee:    * Cuts to the controversial TennCare program are scheduled to begin in      August.    * CIGNA HealthCare is undergoing a financial turnaround in Tennessee.    * HealthSpring of Tennessee plans to replicate its pay-for-performance      program in two additional states.    About HealthLeaders-InterStudy 

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