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Consumer Health Network Celebrates 15th Anniversary as Managed Care Leader.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Health Network (CHN) is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a leading Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). CHN is the largest PPO in New Jersey and the 19th largest PPO in the United States.

CHN's network has more than quadrupled in size in five years, increasing from about 19,000 health care provider locations to its current 83,000 provider locations.

While CHN's largest market is New Jersey, two recent acquisitions have enabled CHN to diversify its product offerings and extend its reach. In 2001 CHN acquired the business of LifeCare Metrix MSO, a managed behavioral health care organization. In 2002, CHN extended its services into New England with the acquisition of Northeast Health Direct, a well-established Connecticut- based PPO. Additionally, strategic alliances with both regional and national managed care companies have enabled CHN to add new customer-driven products and increase its presence in the marketplace.

"I am very excited to be celebrating this milestone," says Len Weinman, CHN's CEO and president. "The partnerships that we have forged with our clients and outstanding network of providers enable us to meet our continued commitment to provide high quality, cost effective health care. I congratulate our employees on their continued efforts and contributions, which have led directly to our success." Founded in 1988, CHN was purchased in 1999 by Selective Insurance Group, Inc. . CHN will commemorate its anniversary with several celebrations throughout the year.

Consumer Health Network Plus, LLC (CHN), based in South Plainfield, New Jersey, is a subsidiary of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. . Established in 1988, CHN is a managed care organization (MCO), offering a network of credentialed physicians, facilities and ancillary providers throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and New England. CHN is a leading preferred provider organization (PPO) in the Northeast and one of the largest and fastest growing PPOs in New Jersey. CHN provides PPO network access, point-of-service options, workers' compensation programs, and utilization review and management services to nearly one million members. The company is a New Jersey-certified MCO and is accredited for Health Network Standards by the American Accreditation Health Care Commission/URAC. CHN maintains a web site at www.chnnetwork.com.

CONTACT: Karen Buttler, +1-609-631-8411, ext. 6459, for Consumer Health Network

Web site: http://www.chnnetwork.com/ http://www.selective.com/
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