Humana announced today that it is launching the Humana Honor Medicare Advantage plans for 2020. ‘Honor’ underscores Humana’s commitment to veterans and is designed to complement health care provided through Veterans Affairs (VA). Humana Honor also boosts Humana’s Medicare Advantage slate of plans that are available to all Medicare-eligible individuals, which offer affordable health benefits and wellness programs with added convenience and a holistic focus on health and well-being for veterans and their families. Humana Honor Plans are available to anyone eligible for Medicare, but are designed in a way that may complement the benefits a veteran receives through VA Healthcare.

Highlights of Humana Honor Medicare Advantage plans for 2020:

  • All plans are $0 premium, and all but one offer a Part B giveback (premium reduction).
  • Enrolling in Humana Honor may augment VA coverage and help close any gaps in health care coverage.
  • Humana Honor may provide Medicare-eligible veterans with additional health care services and location options.
  • Humana Honor will give veterans access to robust dental coverage.
  • Humana Honor plans offer a broad network, including Urgent Care access.

Humana’s coordinated effort in creating Medicare Advantage plans that enhance options for veterans is an important milestone in helping veterans overcome barriers to achieving their best health.

“The launch of Humana Honor is a natural next step in our commitment to veterans and their families,” said Alan Wheatley, president, Retail Segment at Humana. “Considering care options from multiple sources can be confusing, and we understand that veteran health goes beyond physical symptoms – it’s a state of general well-being that encompasses a healthy body and mind – and our 2020 Humana Honor plans reinforce our ongoing commitment to support the total care our veterans need, not just in the doctor’s office.”

Humana Honor consists of 17 plans, available in 28 states including; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

Humana has served Medicare beneficiaries for more than three decades, with 8.4 million Medicare members in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as of June 30, 2019. Slightly over 4 million of those members are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, which often provides them with extra coverage, such as prescription drug coverage and dental, hearing and vision benefits.

Humana has a longstanding relationship with the military community, and is committed to the well-being of all veterans and their families. Since 2012, Humana has built strong national relationships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Veterans (AMVETS). Through a partnership with the VFW’s Uniting to Combat Hunger campaign, Humana has helped to raise over 500,000 meals for veterans and communities. The VFW and AMVETS have selected Humana as their national MA/MedSupp/PDP provider1. VFW and AMVETs members are able to select any MA plan, including a Humana Honor plan offered in their respective areas.

Humana Military was awarded the TRICARE East Region contract that covers more than 5.9 million lives across a 30-state region. This is the largest TRICARE contract to date, and it took effect January 1, 2018.

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1 These agreements do not establish any group health plan nor do the agreements obligate any individual VFW or AMVET members to purchase a Humana MA, PDP, or Medicare Supplement product.

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More than 400 military families attended a Humana-sponsored “Honor and Remember” salute to fallen heroes on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Humana Veterans Channel Director Ed Sandrick read the Roll Call of Fallen Heroes during the moving ceremony. This is the third year Humana has sponsored and supported the Survivor Appreciation Day/Remembrance Ceremony at Dollywood’s Showstreet Theater.

Here’s a link to a multimedia photo gallery posted by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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Humana has again been named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly Employer by Viqtory Media. The 2020 list of organizations considered Military Friendly Employers and “Better for Veterans” distinguishes elite companies who boast the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment.

The Top 10 Gold level is Viqtory Media’s highest award, and Humana placed 5th overall out of 290 companies on the list. This is the ninth time Humana has made the list and the third straight year in the Top 10.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition,” said David Best, Humana’s Veterans Hiring Initiative Leader. “Our great culture, values and opportunities create high interest in the military community. This award recognizes that we are an employer of choice for our veterans and military spouses and represents our commitment to be a corporate leader in support of the military community.”

Humana has been recognized numerous times this year for the company’s veteran and military spouse hiring program.  Recognition includes DiversityInc’s Top Company for Veterans, Military Times Best For Vets Employer, U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’sAnnual Best of the Best, and Viqtory Media’s Military Friendly Spouse Employer. 

Viqtory Media serves as a vital link between the military community and the companies that want to hire them. For more than a decade, the Military Friendly Employers list has honored those organizations providing the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.


Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs and Military Friendly brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity.

Learn more about VIQTORY at

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March 29, 2019, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Humana will recognize this special date by hosting Vietnam War Commemoration events at several community locations. The commemorations feature a pinning ceremony. In addition, some locations include a resource fair designed especially for veterans.

  • Eustis, Florida: Friday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. (pinning ceremony at 1 p.m.)
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. (pinning ceremony at 2 p.m.)
  • Tucson, Arizona: Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. (pinning ceremony at 10:30 a.m.)

Humana is one of more than 11,000 local, state, and national organizations that have partnered with the Vietnam War Commemoration program to honor 6.4 million Vietnam veterans and nine million families of those who served.

Fifteen thousand ceremonies have been hosted, and 2.3 million Vietnam veterans and their families have been thanked with an individual handshake and pin. Humana associates who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of their location, are welcome at the commemoration. Please extend the invitation to family members, friends, or neighbors who served during this time.

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Humana’s David Best, Senior Talent Management Professional and Veteran Hiring Initiative Leader, recently spoke with DiversityInc. about Humana’s military recruitment and outreach efforts.

“Humana has a deep commitment to the veteran and military spouse population,” David said. “As a longtime partner to the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program, Humana currently administers health benefits for more than 6 million active duty military and retirees as well as their families across 32 states.

“Since the inception of TRICARE in 1996, Humana has worked to improve the lives entrusted to our care by partnering with the Government to create the right access, better health outcomes, and simplified experiences.

“As part of our relationship, we actively seek veterans and military spouses because we understand they’re part of a distinct and highly skilled professional talent pool.”

He added, “To help maintain our commitment, we have a talent manager dedicated to veterans and military spouses. This role provides national outreach through partnerships with organizations serving veterans and military spouses. We send a list of open roles twice monthly to our partners as well as provide career coaching, resume and interview assistance, and advocacy to recruiters and hiring managers. The talent manager works with recruiters and hiring managers to bridge the gap on translation of military skills to the corporate environment.”

He also noted the importance of Humana’s Veterans Network Resource Group (VNRG).

“Our VNRG is instrumental in promoting the hiring of veterans and military spouses,” he said. “Members act as ambassadors wherever they are located and refer veteran/military spouse talent to the program manager of the veterans hiring initiative. We also invite members to attend career events with the talent acquisition team as well as represent Humana at veteran events.”

David said, “I directly credit our VNRG for helping me to have a solid second career. The networking opportunities, the volunteering opportunities and the relationships have inspired me to become more involved. Because of my involvement with our VNRG, I’ve been able to pay back what has been given to me during my time here at Humana.”

Read the full interview here.

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