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Manatee County, FL Chooses Empliant to Help Power New Consumer Driven Health Care Program to Control Rising Health Care Costs.

New Empliant software application helps integrate worksite wellness program with consumer driven health plan.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - August 11, 2005 - Empliant, Inc., announced today that Manatee County, FL has selected Empliant's new Qualifying Event Reimbursement Software (QERS) application to help integrate a worksite wellness program with a new consumer driven health plan for more than 3200 County employees and their families.

Manatee County's consumer driven health management program assigns employees to different levels of health plan reimbursement, based on participants completing annual qualifying health management events, such as a Health Risk Appraisal, Wellness Profile, Age-Based Health Management Screening, and Disease Management Screenings.

Using Empliant's new self-service QERS, participants enter their qualifying health management event information as part of the annual online enrollment process. The QERS calculates (in real-time) the plan reimbursement level for which the participant qualifies. Built-in workflow enables plan administrators to confirm and approve participant qualification.

The QERS also calculates and displays event and accumulated incentive dollars participants earn by completing specific health management events, such as non-tobacco use, exercise, weight management, and other wellness programs. Participants may assign their incentive dollars to reduce their contribution towards the Medical Plan, Dental Plan, or apply them to a Health Care Flexible Spending Account.

"Employees appreciate how convenient it is to use Empliant's self-service, Internet-based enrollment system to enter and maintain their qualifying health management events," said Bob Goodman, Employee Health Benefits Manager for Manatee County. "We have been using Empliant's online enrollment and benefits administration application for the past 12 months, for annual enrollment, new hires, and changes. The new QERS application now being implemented will provide the County with all the participant data we need to manage eligibility for our new consumer driven health care program in 2006. Since Empliant provides electronic interfaces with our health care management vendors, we can manage the entire process online, and the reduction of paper forms has produced additional administrative savings".

The Center for Prevention and Health Services at the National Business Group on Health estimates that every $100 per employee invested in preventive services will produce a $300 return in averted treatment costs. With its proactive approach that integrates Health Benefits with Health Management, Manatee County expects to cut its annual medical cost increase by more than 50 percent.

About Manatee County Government
Located on the South West Gulf Coast of Florida, Manatee County Government serves the citizens of the Bradenton and Palmetto area, including Long Boat Key and Anna Maria Island. The County Government employs more than 3200 people serving nearly 300,000 residents of the County. It is one of the fastest growing population centers in the country. The County self-insures its $30 million medical plan and is able to keep cost increases lower than the national average by promoting worksite wellness, rewarding workers who take care of themselves, and using evidence-based health management programs to promote good health habits and improve the quality of life for its employees and their families.

About Empliant, Inc.
Empliant, Inc., located in Chapel Hill, N.C., provides web-native, employee self-reliant solutions that reduce administration costs, increase employee satisfaction, and enhance operational efficiency. Empliant's technology applications include tools for on-line benefits enrollment and administration; personalized employee benefits statements, a fully searchable content management knowledgebase for benefit plan information, company policies, or management practices; and interactive transactions for stock options processing, all of which are accessed through a standard web browser. Empliant's hosted solution reduces capitalization costs and enables employers to provide employees with self-service capabilities to manage their own data in a secure, private environment. Empliant offers small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) the rich functionality found in expensive applications without the consulting costs, long implementation period, and reliance on customer support and product maintenance. For more information about Empliant's employee self-reliant solutions visit:

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