NU Online News Service, Jan. 27, 2005, 4:35 p.m. EST

North American Health Plans Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has agreed to help build the power of plastic into personal health accounts and other personal benefit accounts.[@@]

North American, which administers claims for health plans with 400,000 participants, will be teaming with Evolution Benefits Inc., Avon, Conn., to make the Benny benefits debit card available to its benefit plan clients.

North American will use the Benny card system to try to make life easier for sponsors and members of flexible spending account, health reimbursement arrangement and health savings account plans. Members can use the cards, rather than paper reimbursement forms, to draw on account assets.