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1994 ASTRA/MERCK NATIONAL MANAGED HEALTH CARE CONGRESS' HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

The Tri-County Health Care Alliance (TCHCA) and its health insurance partner, HealthAmerica, were joint recipients of an honorable mention Astra/Merck - National Managed Health Care Congress (NMHCC) Partnership Award. Representatives from TCHCA and HealthAssurance accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May 1994.

The Partnership Award recognizes excellence and innovation among employers, providers, and payers in delivering quality, cost-effective health care. TCHCA and HealthAmerica were honored because their collaboration met a number of key criteria required in the competition: it provided affordable, quality health care to employees; minimized health costs increases; capped future premium increases; and created competition among health insurers.

Excerpt from release 6/9/94

FORGING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION‘S HUMAN RESOURCES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

On May 14, 1995, Ellwood City Forge, an Alliance member company, received the Forging Industry Association's 1995 FIA Human Resources Achievement Award for their entry "Managing Medical Benefit Costs: A Health Care Alliance," which was based on Ellwood City Forge's involvement in the Penn-Ohio Regional Health Care Alliance.

Ellwood City Forge's Kevin Handerhan, President, and Pamela Vass, Personnel Manager, accepted the award at the FIA's Annual Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, in the presence of over 200 FIA members. Ms. Vass then provided the membership with a 10-minute slide presentation of the Penn-Ohio Regional Health Care Alliance's efforts to control health care costs through promoting increased competition among insurers, improved purchasing power through increased membership, and the introduction of managed care via HealthAmerica/HealthAssurance.