– Company’s long-standing commitment to military families in line with White House initiative –
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS), part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), commends first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, on the recently announced White House initiative, “Joining Forces.” Joining Forces will advocate for and recognize the extraordinary stress endured by families of active-duty military, veterans and reservists by calling on our nation’s businesses, charitable groups and communities to lend their assistance – a practice Health Net has been proudly committed to for 23 years.
“Health Net Federal Services is privileged to support military families and veterans and is honored to support Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden, Patricia Shinseki, wife of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, and retired Army General Stanley McChrystal in this initiative to help ensure the needs of military families are met,” said Steven Tough, president of Health Net’s Government and Specialty division, which includes Health Net Federal Services. “Since 1988, Health Net has provided health care services to our military and their families. We understand that military families are directly impacted by having a loved one away from home serving our country, some who make the ultimate sacrifice. We owe them our support.”
Health Net Federal Services’ military family outreach is extensive and impacts thousands of service members and their loved ones. Over the past seven years, Health Net has undertaken numerous initiatives in this regard, including:
- Military and Family Life Consultants (MFLC) – To address the stressors that come with serving or being in a family with a member that does, Health Net’s behavioral health division administers the MFLC program. MFLC focuses on providing coaching, problem-solving and psychological education support to active duty, reserve and guard members and their families during various stages of reunion/reintegration and mobilization/demobilization worldwide to service members and their families. The MFLC program is administered through the Department of Defense by Health Net, Inc.’s subsidiary, Managed Health Network (MHN).
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention Efforts – After nearly a decade of conflict across the globe, acute stress has become a near-universal fact of life for troops returning from combat zones. In partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Blue Star Families, Health Net expects to release five public service announcements (PSAs) in April to help educate and raise awareness about military suicide. Due to the serious nature of this growing problem, numerous high profile and well-known actors including Cher, Melissa Leo, Wendie Malick, Lea Thompson, Tim Daly, Michael Chiklis and Peter Gallagher have donated their time and talent to help convey a message of encouragement to active duty, veterans and military families. The PSAs will help provide guidance on how and where to get help and, most importantly, help to convey that seeking assistance is not a sign of weakness or failure.
- Good Grief Camps for Kids – Health Net is proud to annually sponsor Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps hosted by TAPS for families of fallen service members in the TRICARE North Region. Health Net Federal Services’ bereavement journal, My Life Continued, is used as a primary resource during TAPS Good Grief Camps for children grieving the loss of a loved one. Additionally, HNFS launched an exclusive partnership with Nashville recording artist, Barry Michael, to create a "down time experience" for service members and their families. Through our partnership, we try to let military families know that it’s all right to reach out for assistance or help to deal with military life.
- Marine Resilience Support Program – Living and working in a combat zone can impact a service member’s transition back into the community and family life in many ways. This program is designed to provide education and access to services that can identify, address and help resolve the impact of a combat zone. Early intervention does help make a difference.
- Support for Disabled Veterans – Chris Devlin-Young, a disabled veteran and world champion Paralympics skier, serves as a spokesperson and inspirational speaker for Health Net Federal Services. Sponsorship of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic promotes rehabilitation of body and spirit by teaching summer sporting activities to veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments. In addition to sponsorship, HNFS invites its professional family counselors to assist new Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom disabled veterans and their family members dealing with the stressors of reintegration into civilian life.
- PTSD and TBI – Health Net Federal Services, Penn State College of Medicine and the American Red Cross’s Service to the Armed Forces program designed a series of symposiums 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). The four planned symposiums entitled, Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Service Members, include primary care physicians and behavioral health professionals in the TRICARE North Region.
About Health Net Federal Services
Health Net Federal Services 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, HNFS provides health care services to nearly 3 million uniformed services beneficiaries, active and retired, and their families. In addition, Health Net provides high quality, cost-effective health care solutions for veterans, as well as behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit us at www.hnfs.com for more information.
About Health Net, Inc.
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.
For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company’s website at www.healthnet.com.
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