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Excellus Starts Health Insurance Program

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NU Online News Service, June 25, 2003, 12:53 p.m. EDT – Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester, N.Y., has set up a special health insurance program, the ValuMed Plus program, for low-income, uninsured workers living in some parts of upstate New York.

The ValuMed Plus program is open to workers who are not eligible for government-sponsored health insurance, earn up to 250% of the federal poverty level, and live in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne or Yates counties in New York state.

A family of four might qualify if it had a gross annual income of $46,125, Excellus says.

Program policies will cover physician office visits, maternity services and chiropractic care as well as hospital services, Excellus says.

The ValuMed Plus program is an expanded version of a short-term health insurance program that Excellus started to help displaced workers.