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HEALTHCARE COMPARE CORP. AND EBP HEALTH PLANS, INC. ANNOUNCE FURTHER ENHANCEMENT TO STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

 DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., and MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- James C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of HealthCare COMPARE Corp. (NASDAQ: HCCC) and William E. Sagan, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc. (NYSE: EBP) announced today an enhancement of the strategic alliance between COMPARE and EBP HealthPlans, Inc. whereby COMPARE will be providing utilization management (U/M) services to EBP HealthPlans' clients on a national basis.
 Smith noted this strategic alliance is positioned to integrate COMPARE's U/M services and the AFFORDABLE Medical Networks with EBP HealthPlans' administrative, stop-loss insurance, distribution, and other health plan services. The combined effort of COMPARE and EBP HealthPlans is a response to emerging opportunities via national health care reform and will result in a stronger, higher quality product offering for EBP HealthPlans' clients.
 Sagan commented that the expanded relationship with COMPARE will provide EBP HealthPlans' clients and prospects with the benefit of consolidated U/M and PPO services on a national basis. In addition, COMPARE has the medical and technical capabilities to provide EBP HealthPlans' customers with the highest quality, most cost effective utilization review and case management services.
 HealthCare COMPARE Corp. is America's leading independent provider of medical cost management services and offers the most comprehensive managed care programs available. COMPARE provides utilization management (COMPARE Medical Review Programs), computer assisted bill review and pricing services (OUCH Systems) and negotiation of fixed price contracts with medical providers to develop and maintain preferred provider networks (The AFFORDABLE Medical Networks).
 EBP HealthPlans, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in providing benefit design and consulting, administrative services, stop-loss insurance and managed care programs to companies throughout the United States. The company serves more than 2,700 customers nationwide and processed approximately $2 billion in benefit payments during calendar year 1992.
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 /CONTACT: James C. Smith, president and CEO, or Joseph E. Whitters, chief financial officer, 708-241-7900, both of Healthcare COMPARE Corp., or Earlon L. Milbrath, chief financial officer of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc., 612-546-4353/
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