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PAULA INSURANCE COMPANY EXPANDS WORKERS' COMPENSATION SERVICES

 Occupational Medical Treatment in Mexico


PASADENA, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Paula Insurance Company, a subsidiary of PAULA Financial, is proud to announce that it is offering the first Workers' Compensation Managed Care Facility in Mexico. Paula has made arrangements for the provision of this high quality, lower cost occupational medical treatment of injured U.S. workers in Mexico through Hospital Almater, located in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. These arrangements are available to all injured workers covered by PAULA Insurance Company Workers' Compensation insurance policies, but they are expected to be used mostly by agricultural workers in the Imperial Valley or Southern California regions.

Hospital Almater is dedicated to the provision of quality, effective healthcare and disability management services, for employees of Paula's insureds. The Hospital's medical group offers numerous specialties including orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery, ear, nose & throat specialists, rheumatology, dermatology, and many others. A department of radiology, diagnostic laboratory, operating rooms, physical therapy department, and pharmacy are all on site to assist the staff of bilingual doctors.

"We are providing greater conveniences to injured workers while improving our ability to manage the costs of disability care and get an injured employee back to work more quickly," commented Jeff Snider, Chairman and CEO of PAULA Financial. "This adds a new dimension to our managed care capabilities."

This new Mexico arrangement is fully integrated with Paula Insurance Company's system of fast track Teleclaim injury reporting, prospective and concurrent utilization review and case management, addressing serious injury/illness treatment planning, and review of diagnostic testing, surgery and therapy plans, as well as medical bill audit/review.

Paula currently markets group medical coverage at Hospital Almater through its Pan American Underwriters subsidiaries. "This new arrangement extends our ability to provide immediate, and simple 24 hour access to quality, intensive, and cost effective healthcare to employees of our insureds for both occupational and non-occupational treatment," noted Victor Gloria, Senior Vice President of Claims at Paula.

PAULA Financial is a community of financial service and insurance companies based in Pasadena, California specializing in employee benefit products serving Hispanic employees throughout the West.
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/CONTACT: Victor Gloria of Paula Insurance, 818-304-1274/

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