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KING COUNTY MEDICAL BLUE SHIELD ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF MANAGED CARE PLAN

 SEATTLE, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- "Selections," the managed health care plan introduced by King County Medical Blue Shield (KCM) in January, is once again available in King and Snohomish counties, KCM said today.
 The plan was disapproved by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) in mid-April. This is not an uncommon occurrence. In Washington state, health care service contractors like KCM work on the basis of "file and use" for most business. This means that documents setting up a health care plan are filed with the OIC immediately before the plan becomes available to consumers. When the OIC reviews plan materials there are usually changes required and the office will issue a disapproval for sale until the modifications are made.
 "We appreciate the high level of attention and cooperation we received from the OIC to help us put Selections back on the market," said Winlock Pickering, KCM president. "We share a commitment with the commissioner to provide high quality, affordable coverage to our subscribers."
 Selections is a "point of service" plan that offers employers and subscribers comprehensive coverage at a significant savings by identifying a set of provider networks from whom subscribers can receive their care. They are responsible for a portion of the cost, as determined by their "selection" of providers.
 The plan uses a sophisticated data and information system to identify those providers in the community who KCM believes are committed to the appropriate use of health care resources. "We believe that Selections is on the cutting edge of managed care. We are able to identify providers who can give the best value to our subscribers, and the plan encourages health care consumers to play a larger role in how they obtain care," said Terry R. Rogers, M.D., KCM's senior vice president for medical affairs.
 Selections is part of a comprehensive managed care initiative announced earlier this year by KCM that also included changes in how physicians and hospitals are paid for their services, and a managed prescription drug program.
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 /CONTACT: Tracy Salter of King County Medical Blue Shield, 206-464-3789/


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