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WELFARE DEPARTMENT AWARDS $84 MILLION MEDICAL ASSISTANCE CONTRACT

WELFARE DEPARTMENT AWARDS $84 MILLION MEDICAL ASSISTANCE CONTRACT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Public Welfare has awarded an $84 million, five-and-one-half year contract to EDS Federal Corp. for medical assistance claims processing, eligibility verification and automated pharmaceutical identification card development.
 The new identification cards, which will be similar to automatic banking cards, will replace paper cards now in use. The new cards will be provided to all medical assistance recipients by next summer.
 "Pharmacists will be able to verify eligibility at the time of sale which will improve provider service and reduce fraud," said Public Welfare Secretary Karen F. Snider. "The system also will alert pharmacists to other drugs the recipient may be taking that could be dangerous if taken together."
 Pennsylvania's medical assistance program provides more than $5 billion in health care each year to more than 1.5 million recipients. Each week, one million claims are filed by health care providers for services rendered.
 EDS, of Herndon, Va., provides medical assistance claims processing for 17 other states. The company was selected through a competitive bid process.
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