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Access Health to Provide Care Management Services to Santa Clara Family Health Plan.

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Jan. 30, 1997--Access Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACCS) has announced an agreement to provide care management services to members of Santa Clara Family Health Plan in San Jose, Calif.

Under the agreement, members of Santa Clara Family Health Plan will have around-the-clock telephone access to symptom assessment, advice on appropriate care options and health information provided by specially trained registered nurses.

"We are very pleased to work in partnership with Santa Clara Family Health Plan to provide their health plan members with immediate access to health information and counseling through our 24-hour nurse advice line," Access Health Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Gardner said.

"Our services complement the other health promotion efforts Santa Clara Family Health Plan has in place and will help them meet their objectives in the areas of health education, cost management and member satisfaction."

Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP), a San Jose-based HMO, provides health care services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Santa Clara County. Medi-Cal is California's version of the federal Medicaid program. An estimated 60,000 members will be enrolled in Access Health's care management service, slated to begin in mid-March.

"Our members will be able to get assistance for their health related concerns and questions any time of the day or night," said Jeffrey M. Davis, M.D., medical director of SCFHP. "We believe the program will not only be an extremely valuable tool in our member education efforts, but also will greatly enhance member satisfaction."

Access Health is the leading provider of membership-based personal health and care management services designed to help improve quality of care, reduce costs and improve member satisfaction. The company has a total membership of more than 16 million people nationwide.

Access Health is headquartered at 11020 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 95670. The phone number is 916/851-4000, the fax number is 916/852-3890 and the corporate World Wide Web address is http://www.access-health.com . -0-

Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating to the timing and number of members which will result from this contract, are forward-looking statements and therefore are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ and such differences may be material. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the possible non-renewal of such contract. These risks are detailed in the Company's Form 10-K filed for fiscal year 1996.

CONTACT: Access Health

Jan Emerson, 916/864-4784 (Media Relations)

Matt Plavan, 916/851-4012 (Investor Relations)
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