Low-Cost Health Care Network Launches in Lubbock

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 General News
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LUBBOCK, Texas, Nov. 27 Assurant Health(http://www.assuranthealth.com), a Milwaukee, WI-based national provider ofindividual medical, small group and specialty health insurance products, andTeamChoice (http://www.team-choice.com), a health care network based here,announced today the formation of a new health care network.

The new network, Platinum TeamChoice, will offer low cost health care forsmall businesses and individuals in Lubbock while providing access to anexpanded list of renowned physicians and medical facilities in the Lubbockarea.

Platinum TeamChoice will be available to small businesses on Jan. 1, 2008and to individuals on Feb. 1, 2008. Current Assurant Health policyholders canopt into the new network by calling their agent.

"Our partnership will cut the premium for insured individuals from15 percent to 30 percent while at the same time giving them access to some ofthe very best health care providers in the Lubbock area," said Thomas Coffey,Senior Sales representative for Texas at Assurant Health's North StarMarketing.

Members of the new network will have access to the services of privatefamily care and specialty physicians at

"Platinum TeamChoice network is designed to be an excellent choice forconsumers wanting quality health care services at significantly lower costs,"said Cheryl Clark, TeamChoice Executive Director. "The new network partnerstwo companies committed to providing comprehensive, top-quality care for smallbusinesses and individuals while reducing costs and the time patients spendaway from their families and the workplace."

About Assurant Health

Assurant Health is a part of Assurant and has been in business since 1892.It is the brand name for products underwritten and issued by Time InsuranceCompany, John Alden Life Insurance Company and Union Security InsuranceCompany. Together, these three underwriting companies provide healthinsurance coverage for more than one million people nationwide. Eachunderwriting company is financially responsible for its own insuranceproducts. Primary products include individual medical, small group,short-term and student health insurance products, consumer-choice productssuch as Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements, as wellas non-insurance products. With almost 3,000 employees, Assurant Health isheadquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has operations offices in Minnesota,Idaho and Florida, as well as sales offices across the country. The AssurantHealth Web site is http://www.assuranthealth.com.

About Platinum TeamChoice

Platinum TeamChoice is the area's undisputed leader in quality and choicefor health care services. The network's commitment to patient care andcommunity development continues to grow. The TeamChoice network is proud tooffer the services of private family care and specialty physicians, Texas TechUniversity Health Sciences Center, UMC Physicians Network Services, UniversityMedical Center, Lubbock Heart Hospital, Grace Clinic of Lubbock and NorthStarSurgical Center to the South Plains consumers, as well as access to more than33,000 physicians and hospitals across Texas.-- University Medical Center (http://www.teamumc.org), the leader in comprehensive health care delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, -- Lubbock Heart Hospital (http://www.lubbockheart.com), which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, -- NorthStar Surgical Center (http://www.northstarsurgical.net), an out-patient surgical center, -- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, (http://www.ttuhcs.edu), a teaching hospital, and -- Grace Clinic (http://www.graceclinics.com), a primary care and specialty health care facility.

SOURCE Assurant Health

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