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WICKS OFFERS HIP/RUTGERS HEALTH PLAN AS RESOURCE FOR NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM

 SOMERSET, N.J., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- At a public hearing today, chaired by New Jersey Governor Jim Florio and Tipper Gore, adviser to President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, HIP/Rutgers Health Plan President and CEO Victoria A. Wicks testified on her health maintenance organization's commitment to the health care reform process.
 Wicks noted that her HMO, consisting of 15 health care centers and 180,000 members, serves as a model that is consistent with the objectives of the Clinton Administration's Health Care Task Force.
 "As a corporation, we are committed to managed care," she told the panel at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. "Our goal is simple -- to provide better health care over an individual's lifetime in a cost-effective way. That goal is also shared by elected officials in New Jersey."
 Wicks outlined five key elements for her organization's success:
 1. Comprehensive Coverage. There is a complete, defined package of services for HIP/Rutgers' enrolled population.
 2. Coordinated Services. HIP/Rutgers Health Plan focuses on prevention and timely intervention, allowing for the extension of effective services and the elimination of ineffective ones.
 3. Strict Performance Standards. The plan has put into place a system that is accountable for quality, member satisfaction and cost efficiencies.
 4. Listening to Customers. Through this, the plan is able to maintain their confidence and trust.
 5. Predetermined Payment. The organization manages the financial risks inherent in medical coverage and premium levels are established on a community-rating basis.
 Wicks also discussed New Jersey's health care reform initiatives and praised the governor and legislature for their commitment to health care reform.
 "We are proud of the role we played in instituting these reforms in New Jersey and look forward to serving as a resource for the Clinton Administration as it works to establish a national health care system which provides for comprehensive, quality services at an affordable price," she said.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Rovner of HIP/Rutgers Health Plan, 908-560-9898, or Ilene Manahan of The Marcus Group, 201-902-9000, for HIP/Rutgers Health Plan/


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