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HMA WON'T CUT BENEFITS TO HEALTHPASS MEMBERS

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA), Inc., managers of the HealthPASS program, a managed care program for 80,000 Medicaid recipients in South and West Philadelphia, announced that it will not cut benefits to its members.
 "At this time, we see no need to reduce or limit any current medical benefits for our members," said A.J. Henley, HMA's chief executive officer. "In fact, we are looking at ways we can improve benefits to our members in 1993."
 The HealthPASS program, a state-designed managed care program similar to an HMO, has been administered by HMA since 1989. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare projects that the HealthPASS program will save the state $23 million this year alone.
 Background:
 The Casey administration recently announced a cut in the medical benefits provided to select Medical Assistance recipients effective Jan. 1, 1993. Among the benefits slated to be cut are routine dental care, over-the-counter cold/cough medications, and other ailment- specific drugs.
 Other restrictions will limit the number of monthly doctor visits. These limitations and newly reduced benefit levels are being challenged in court by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
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 /CONTACT: Scott L. MacKenzie of Healthcare Management Alternatives, 215-473-7511/


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