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THE TPA SIGNS 5-YEAR PARTNER AGREEMENT WITH HEALTHEON.

The TPA, the largest independent healthcare administrator in the United States, has signed a 5-year partnership with Healtheon Corporation (Nasdaq: HLTH), a leading e-commerce provider to the healthcare industry. The relationship will provide The TPA's more than 1 million members access to Healtheon's BenefitCentral(TM), an Internet-based online benefits enrollment and administration service for employees and administrators.

Employees of The TPA's client companies will have access to benefit information and be able to review plan information, select benefits, and compare features and costs, via an Internet browser. Healtheon and The TPA plan to expand their services to allow members to check claim status information and to connect members with physicians.

The companies announced that Healtheon's BenefitCentral(TM) interface is currently being deployed for use by The TPA employees. Services will be deployed to The TPA's client companies beginning in January of 2000.

"We believe that Healtheon provides us with the best solution for benefits enrollment, administration and health care connectivity," said William Sagan, chief executive officer of The TPA. "Working with Healtheon, we are excited to pioneer these value-added services to our customers and maintain our leadership in this market."

"The combination of Healtheon's Internet applications and technology and The TPA's large network of over 1 million members and access to more than 100 physician networks will create a connected, better informed, more efficient health care community," said Sanjiv Luthra, general manager of employer services for Healtheon. "We are excited to start working immediately with The TPA to deliver these innovative services to the marketplace."

About Healtheon

Healtheon, founded in 1996 and based in Santa Clara, Calif., is a pioneer in providing Internet-based, business-to-business and consumer-to-business electronic commerce services that link doctors and consumers with healthcare institutions, enabling them to efficiently and conveniently manage their business and personal healthcare needs. Healtheon's services simplify the business and clinical processes of healthcare, provide more timely access to information, provide faster and more convenient service, and lead to higher quality, more affordable care. The company recently announced definitive agreements to acquire MedE AMERICA Corp. and merge with WebMD, Inc. Healtheon can be reached through its Web site at http://www.healtheon.com.

About The TPA

The largest independent healthcare administrator in the United States, The TPA designs and administers self-funded healthcare benefits for employers and their employees. The company creates custom healthcare benefit plans rather than one-size-fits-all packages for companies of all sizes. The TPA's custom health plans encompass a wide range of products and services including Administration, Managed Care, Insurance, Plan Implementation and access to more than 100 Provider Networks. The TPA has 33 administrative service centers and marketing offices located in major markets throughout the United States. The TPA can be reached through its Website at http://www.thetpa.com.

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