Health Net, Penn State and Red Cross Promote Multiple Behavioral Health Symposiums for Physicians Following Successful Pre

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

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT) today announced its continued 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 four more presentations of the symposium, Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Service Members, for primary care physicians and behavioral health professionals in the TRICARE North Region.

“The first symposium of this series, held in December 2010, was met with tremendous enthusiasm from physicians and behavioral health professionals, identifying a symposium series as an excellent opportunity to work with health care providers in Pennsylvania in response to the critical need to help ensure that 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).

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 upcoming symposiums throughout Pennsylvania are scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Harrisburg Area Community College Wildwood Conference Center, at 1 HACC Drive in Harrisburg. Additional symposiums are scheduled for Saturday, April 16 in McKeesport; Saturday, May 7 in Scranton; and Saturday, June 4 in Phoenixville. For more information or to register online, visit: Attendance is expected to reach full capacity.

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

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company provides health benefits to approximately 6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 5.4 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. 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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Health Net, Inc.
Margita Thompson, 818-676-7912
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Health Net Federal Services
Molly Tuttle, 916-351-5355
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American Red Cross
Kathy Smyser, 717-475-7964
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