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United Heartland Launches a New Tool for Worker's Compensation.

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NEW BERLIN, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2002

United Heartland, a writer of worker's compensation policies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, launched Inside UH, a new feature on its Web site this week designed to streamline the information associated with worker's compensation insurance policies. Agents and clients looking for monthly loss reports, accident claim forms or information on back belts and other workplace safety issues can log onto United Heartland's Web site: www.heartland.cobaltcorporation.com

Inside UH is a secured intranet site within the United Heartland Web site that requires a user identification and password. It is accessible only to agents, clients, and employees. Traditionally, reports were mailed to agents and clients each month. Now, anyone with access can log on, view the information and have the option to print the reports or even download the data.

United Heartland is one of only a few worker's compensation insurers to offer this service online. United Heartland President Emil Pfenninger believes the new system will reduce the time it takes to process accident claims, lower administrative costs on producing and save mailing monthly reports. Clients can also obtain updated provider information and a PPO directory online.

"It is our philosophy that up-to-the-minute and easily accessible information about workplace safety issues and accident history will help reduce claims. This will reduce the loss ratios of our clients and help reduce their costs over the long term," said Pfenninger. "This new feature on our Web site will enhance the close working relationship between United Heartland and employers to improve and manage workplace safety."

Pfenninger said United Heartland receives 200 medical bills each day for worker's compensation cases. Future plans for the program include expanding the system to allow providers to submit bills electronically, thereby removing the current need to submit forms through the mail.

United Heartland, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cobalt Corporation, applies managed care techniques to the worker's compensation market. It is one of the largest writers of worker's compensation in Wisconsin, and also sells worker's compensation in the state of Iowa. United Heartland's services also include a drug-free workplace program, medical cost management and risk management services. United Heartland of Illinois is a joint venture formed with Health Care Service Corporation to manage and sell worker's compensation in the state of Illinois.

Cobalt Corporation is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for the state of Wisconsin. It is one of the leading, publicly traded health care companies in the nation, offering a diverse portfolio of complementary insurance and managed care products to employer, individual, insurer and government customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee and formed by the combination of Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and United Wisconsin Services, Inc., Cobalt Corporation (NYSE: CBZ) serves 2.9 million lives in 50 states. For more information, visit our Web site at www.cobaltcorporation.com
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