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Trigon Announces Medicare HMO Changes.

RICHMOND, Va.--(BW HealthWire)--July 2, 1999--

HealthKeepers Inc., an affiliate of Trigon Healthcare Inc., (NYSE: TGH) today announced that it will withdraw its Medicare+Choice HMO product Trigon HealthKeepers Gold, effective January 1, 2000, due to concerns about government reimbursement.

This will affect approximately 2,700 members in the Richmond area.

Members in the city of Richmond, and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan will continue to be covered by Trigon HealthKeepers Gold through December 31, 1999. These members can return to traditional Medicare only, choose a Medicare supplemental plan or switch to another Medicare HMO in the Richmond area.

"We are disappointed to have to make this decision," said Thomas G. Snead, Jr., Trigon president and CEO. "Unfortunately, concerns about reduced government funding for Medicare+Choice plans have left us no other choice. But as the Medicare supplement market leader in Virginia, Trigon remains committed to providing high quality, affordable health care plans to seniors. We will work closely with our HealthKeepers Gold members to provide a smooth transition to other coverage options."

Over the next couple months, HealthKeepers, Inc., staff will assist affected members with detailed information through group meetings, home appointments and personal telephone calls. Members can also call 1-800-228-2816 with any questions they may have.

Trigon is Virginia's largest managed health care company, providing a broad range of health, wellness and health care financing programs and services to approximately 1.9 million members.
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