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Health First Health Plans Selected by Brevard County Commissioners to Provide Health Benefits

Rockledge, FL - Health First Health Plans today announced that it was selected by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners to provide Third Party Administrative Services (TPA) for the County's self-insured group health plan. Health First Health Plans is one of two TPA's that will provide services to over 4,000 employees and retirees of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Clerk of Court, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, and the Board of County Commissioners effective January 1, 2011.

"As the only local plan option, we are extremely excited to be offered to Brevard County employees," said Margaret Haney, president and CEO of Health First Health Plans. "We are honored to be able to meet the County's preference of working with local businesses," said Haney.

Health First Health Plans is part of a non-profit, integrated delivery system, Health First, Inc., which is positioned with more than 40 health-related entities throughout the county. Dedicated to delivering high-quality, patient-centered health care that improves lives and communities is the strategic mission of Health First. As a local company, Health First Health Plans employs nearly 200 employees, while the parent company, Health First employs nearly 6,000. "We look forward to meeting the needs of the County's employees," said Haney.

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About Health First:

Health First has been serving the residents of the Brevard County area since it was founded in 1995, with its roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard County.

Today, Health First is the only multi-hospital, not-for-profit health system in Brevard County. This means that every dollar not used to pay for patient care stays in the county to improve healthcare services for all residents, including those without the financial means to pay. All members of Health First's Board of Directors reside within its service area and provide oversight for a broad range of services and products including four acute-care hospitals, multiple health plans, a multi-specialty physician group, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a network of fitness and wellness services, and the only Trauma Center in Brevard County.