Louisville, Ky. (January 14, 2009) — SHPS, a leading provider of health improvement and health benefits solutions, announced a multi-year service agreement today with the insurance subsidiaries of HealthMarkets, Inc. a provider of individual, self-employed, and small business health insurance products. SHPS will provide Carewise Case Management to all HealthMarkets® plan members and Carewise Utilization Management to HealthMarkets® PPO plan members.
Through their agreement with SHPS, the HealthMarkets insurance subsidiaries will now be able to provide expert clinical guidance to their members regarding specific health issues. Nurse counseling services will be available to all individuals who have a high level of clinical risk and are in need of one-on-one support for more than 40 unique health conditions, including diabetes and coronary artery disease.
“We are excited about the benefits that our partnership with SHPS will provide to our members. HealthMarkets and SHPS recognize that customers need to receive timely information, appropriate medical care and personalized guidance through a complex healthcare system,” said Phillip J. Hildebrand, the President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthMarkets, Inc. “By working together, we can assist our members early in the process and provide a positive and simplified insurance experience when they need care.”
“We are pleased to join HealthMarkets in serving the individual insurance market with tools and resources that are typically only available to group health plans,” said Rishabh Mehrotra, SHPS President and CEO. “Our first priority is improving the health and quality of life for HealthMarkets’ members. These services will enhance the value and delivery of healthcare that their members receive.”
HealthMarkets® is the brand name for products underwritten and issued by the insurance subsidiaries of HealthMarkets, Inc. — The Chesapeake Life Insurance Company®, Mid-West National Life Insurance Company of Tennesseesm and The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Companysm. Products marketed under the HealthMarkets brand are designed to provide personalized protection to individuals, families, the self-employed and small businesses. For further information regarding products offered by the HealthMarkets’ Companies, visit www.healthmarkets.com. The administrative offices of HealthMarkets, Inc. and its underwriting companies are located in North Richland Hills, Texas. Products are marketed through independent agents in sales offices across the country. For more information about the HealthMarkets Companies visit www.healthmarketsinc.com.
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