Navigation Links
UniCare Introduces Consumer-Driven Health Products to Give Consumers a Bigger Role in Health Care Decisions
Date:10/1/2007

Solaura(R) to provide the information and incentives needed to help improve

health

CHICAGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- UniCare is now offering Solaura, a new line of health care plans designed to change the way consumers think about health care, help them lead healthier lives and help reduce the cost of health care in the long term.

UniCare announced earlier this year that it would launch a new line of consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) that would be available to large and small businesses, as well as individuals. Solaura will be available effective October 1, 2007, pending regulatory approval in some states.

"Our customers who choose these consumer-driven products will have new opportunities to live healthier lives," said Dennis Casey, UniCare president and CEO. "Our Solaura suite of products puts consumers in control of their health care dollars."

UniCare will offer the following core CDHP products:

-- Solaura(R) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

-- Solaura(R) Health Savings Account (HSA)

-- Solaura(R) Health Incentive Account (HIA)

-- Solaura(R) Health Incentive Account Plus (HIA+)

Consumers who select Solaura products may also be eligible for extensive preventive care and personal health coaching, as well as smoking cessation and weight management programs. In addition, consumers may be eligible to receive financial rewards for completing various wellness programs.

"We're providing our consumers with information-rich web-based tools that they can use to research prescription drug prices and estimated costs of care," Casey said.

UniCare's CDHP options combine health accounts with traditional PPO health coverage. Each is backed by powerful online decision support tools and personal health coaching that consumers can use to learn more about their health care treatment and cost options.

For example, when members complete an online health assessment, enroll in a program with a health coach, successfully complete a smoking cessation program or make other healthy lifestyle choices, they could be eligible to earn additional dollars in their health account to use for health care costs. These additional dollars could range from $50 to $200 depending on the employer, the plan and eligibility requirements. These unique features, combined with UniCare's network strength, innovative provider partnerships, local presence and brand name will provide unparalleled value to consumers.

"We know that a significant portion of health care costs are related to personal behaviors, such as smoking, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. With our Solaura portfolio of products and services, we're helping to empower consumers through unique and robust online tools and incentives that encourage and reward them for choosing to live healthier lifestyles," Casey said.

Early evidence about consumer-driven health plans points to increased healthy behaviors by those who have chosen a health reimbursement account, health savings account, or health incentive account. According to a recently completed study by Knowledge Networks (August, 2007), consumers in these plans were found to be:

-- 17 percent more likely to participate in an exercise program than those

enrolled in non-CDHP programs

-- 15 percent more likely to participate in a stress management program

-- 14 percent more likely to participate in a smoking cessation program

-- 29 percent more likely to save for future medical expenses

-- 20 percent more likely to track their health care expenses

Additionally, consumers with chronic conditions are more likely to follow their treatment regimens. According to UniCare medical director Robert Sorrenti, M.D., "This is a telling figure for both members and their employees - because consumers with these conditions (such as diabetes or high blood pressure) generally have complex, sometimes expensive, health regimens that they must follow." Successfully following these regimens can mean better health outcomes and lower long-term costs.

"Solaura is a consumer-centric health plan which helps put decision making in the hands of the consumer while helping them improve their health," said Casey. "These products provide an opportunity for consumers to lead healthier lives and have more direct control over their health care dollars. For physicians, the products help create more informed patients who know what kind of questions to ask. And for employers, these products help engage employees and make them active partners in helping to control the rising cost of health care."

UniCare benefits products are offered in Illinois and Indiana by UniCare Health Insurance Company of the Midwest, in Texas by UniCare Health Insurance Company of Texas and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by UniCare Life & Health Insurance Company. UniCare Life & Health Insurance Company, an Indiana corporation, UniCare Health Insurance Company of Texas, a Texas corporation, and UniCare Health Insurance Company of the Midwest, an Illinois corporation, are separately formed and capitalized subsidiaries of WellPoint, Inc., an Indiana corporation. For self-funded plans UniCare acts as a claim processor and does not insure benefits under the plan.


'/>"/>
SOURCE UniCare
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. E Merck introduces Livogen Z with zinc sulphate
2. TI Cycles Introduces Foldman
3. Canada Introduces Mandatory Nutrition Labeling
4. Amgen introduces Autoinjector For Treating Anemia
5. Cuba Introduces New Device for Detecting Vascular Diseases
6. China Introduces Solar-powered Baths
7. Allergan Introduces ‘Dermal Filler’ for Smile Lins
8. UAE Introduces Cervical Cancer Vaccine
9. Cynosure Introduces Higher Power Smartlipo(TM) LaserBodySculpting Workstation
10. Iceland Introduces Smoking Ban in Bars and Restaurants
11. Indian Introduces Paan-flavoured Condoms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... W.S. Badger Co. ... today that it has been recognized as one of the best small businesses for ... named as one of nine small businesses providing progressive benefits to new parents on ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... In response to meager public ... unaware of the plight of aphasia. In collaboration with the American Aphasia Association, ... , The link between stroke and aphasia is relatively unknown, but through collaboration ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... With a team of ... food industries. Aside from its GMP accreditation, Validation Center is also a registered ... products, services and staff. , Validation Center is ISO17025 accredited and only offers ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare industry leader in ... inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., May 17-20, ... America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the announcement of the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cardiac arrhythmia is a ... on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers in the largest ... the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, provide critical information that will hopefully ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... , May 27, 2016  A new study highlights the necessity of health literacy ... Journal of the American College of Radiology , a majority of oncology patients undergo ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160527/373022 ... ... Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ampronix ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , May 27, 2016 LabStyle ... Dario™ Diabetes Management Tool, today announced that the Company,s Chief ... Marcum MicroCap Conference being held June 1-2 in ... being held June 7-9 in Los Angeles, CA. ... discuss recent corporate and operational milestones, including the U.S. FDA ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... According to the 2016 report, ... ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system market growth. With aging, ... to respond to different pressure rates, leading to hypertension ... various cardiovascular disorders such as heart failure, stroke, coronary ... growing in prevalence each year. WHO estimates that 17 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: