Department of Defense Intends to Award Health Net the TRICARE North Contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 05, 2010 - Health Net Federal Services, LLC (Health Net), a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), announced that today the Department of Defense (DoD) notified the company that the DoD intends to award Health Net the new TRICARE North Region contract. Health Net currently is the managed care contractor for the TRICARE North Region.

"Health Net is honored to continue to serve our active duty, National Guard and Reserve members, and military retirees and their families in the North Region," said Jay Gellert, president and chief executive officer of Health Net, Inc. "I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our associates who have continued to provide support for our TRICARE beneficiaries during the protest period."

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with the DoD in providing services to support the health care needs of the military community," said Steve Tough, president of Health Net's Government & Specialty Services division, which includes Health Net Federal Services. "We expect minimal impact on beneficiaries as we move forward with the implementation of the new contract."

The North Region under the new contract includes approximately 2.9 million TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin; the District of Columbia; and parts of Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa.

Health Net associates serve TRICARE beneficiaries in the North Region, with offices in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. In addition, Health Net Federal Services currently manages more than 69 TRICARE Service Centers, which are located at military installations or within military treatment facilities. Since 2004, Health Net has doubled the number of physicians, medical groups, clinics and hospitals in its PRIME civilian network to approximately 151,000. Through this civilian provider network, Health Net directs care to these providers to support the military health care system.

For more than 22 years, Health Net has provided health care services to active duty and retired military service members and their families as well as National Guard and Reserve members. In 1988, Health Net began its work with the military community by providing services through what was previously known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program for Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). Since 1988, Health Net has been awarded seven DoD contracts to provide health care support to the military community.

About Health Net Federal Services

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 5.9 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.

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