BLOOMFIELD, Conn.-- CIGNA HealthCare and WebMD Health today announced a multi-year agreement that will offer help to millions of CIGNA HealthCare members in making vital health care decisions and in understanding and using their health care plan.  Under the agreement, CIGNA will integrate WebMD Health's comprehensive suite of online health information and decision support tools into, the personal health benefits Web portal for CIGNA HealthCare members. 

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Scheduled to launch in the fall 2004, the new tools will personalize health and benefit information based on each member's demographic profile, health benefits, health status and risk factors, personal interests and readiness to change health behavior. 

"The addition of WebMD Health's suite of online decision support and health maintenance tools is the most significant enhancement we've made since the launch of in 2002," said Jeff Verney, senior vice president in charge of CIGNA HealthCare eCommerce.  "No other health carrier offers this broad and deep best-of-breed suite of decision support tools or can match the level of personalization this affiliation will create."

In addition to these new tools, members who enroll in CIGNA's consumer-driven health plan -- CIGNA Choice Fund -- will also receive a robust set of Web-based services for managing their health care spending and tracking their funds and an online plan comparison tool that allows members to compare the potential out-of-pocket costs of various CIGNA health plans offered by their employer, providing information and guidance for choosing the best CIGNA plan for themselves and their families.

Source: CIGNA


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