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Health Carrier To Offer Preemie Aid

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Principal Financial Group Inc. has picked ParadigmHealth Inc. to provide support services for parents of premature newborn babies and other babies who end up in neonatal intensive care units.[@@]

ParadigmHealth, Concord, Calif., will help parents communicate with the doctors and nurses who care for NICU babies, find community-based pediatricians qualified to care for the babies, and work to get babies out of the hospital as quickly as possible, according to Principal, Des Moines, Iowa.

Principal will offer ParadigmHealth services at no extra charge for insured group health plans and for an extra, employer-paid fee for self-funded plans.