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MEDICA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO INVEST IN HEALTH OF COMMUNITY

 MEDICA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO INVEST IN HEALTH OF COMMUNITY
 MINNEAPOLIS, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Medica, the state's largest


managed health care plan, announced today that it will be supporting several community-based programs that will carry out its mission to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care.
 The contributions come as a result of a resolution by Medica's board of directors to develop partnerships with other community organizations that also have a commitment to improving the health of Minnesotans.
 In one initiative, Medica will be spending about $550,000 over a two-year period on a demonstration project in Hennepin and Dakota counties, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, to improve services to Medical Assistance recipients. With more than 45,000 Medicaid enrollees, Medica is the largest provider of managed care services in the state's Medical Assistance program.
 The demonstration project will coordinate transportation services for M.A. recipients and will provide education programs, satisfaction surveys and new problem-solving procedures. Medica staff also will work directly with Medicaid members to arrange their transportation for their medical appointments and to help them better understand the array of health care services available to them.
 "Our project aims at helping Medicaid members get more timely care while at the same time solving the problem of missed doctor appointments that affect the efficiency of physicians' offices. In the long run, increased efficiency in this process will produce savings for the state, too," said K. James Ehlen, Medica chairman and chief executive officer.
 Medica also will be the sole corporate sponsor of the Powderhorn Way To Grow program, an early childhood school readiness program, currently being developed in the Powderhorn neighborhood in Minneapolis. Medica will contribute $450,000 over a three-year period and will become a partner with local groups developing neighborhood activities. Medica's sponsorship will enable the community to hire a project coordinator and six family resource workers who will do home visits and provide a full range of services for families with children under age six. Other sources of funding for Way To Grow programs include Minneapolis United Way, City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota. Way To Grow programs also operate in the Phillips, Near North and Camden neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
 In addition, Medica is contributing $5,000 to the Health Careers/Medical Magnet program at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, which attracts students interested in health care careers. The plan is among eight local businesses providing financial support to the program. Medica was instrumental in designing the careers curriculum and took responsibility for teaching a full quarter of classes on subjects including the history and evolution of health care, causes of rising health care costs, technology and medical ethics.
 According to Ehlen, the Medica board of directors is exploring several other ways to express the organization's commitment to the health of the community. "These initiatives give us opportunities to partner with local groups to influence improvements in the community's health," Ehlen said.
 Formed in 1991 from the consolidation of Share and Physicians Health Plan (PHP), Medica is Minnesota's largest managed health care organization. Medica's mission is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care for Minnesotans. More than 550,000 members are enrolled in Medica's health care plans offered through more than 4,000 employer groups in almost every county in the state.
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