NU Online News Service, Oct. 3, 11:15 a.m. – The Heartland Healthcare Coalition, Morton, Ill., a nonprofit business group, has designated Lumenos Inc., Alexandria, Va., as a preferred provider of defined-contribution health coverage programs.

The Lumenos program offers employers with self-funded health plans a combination of high-deductible health insurance for catastrophic medical expenses and employer-funded, employee-directed “health savings accounts” that employees can use to pay for routine medical care.

The Heartland Health Coalition represents employers that provide health coverage for 360,000 workers and dependents in Illinois and other states.