Friday, March 14, 2008

MESSA Not Complying With the Law

I recently published an editorial in the Detroit News regarding MESSA's continued non-compliance with Public Act 106. That act requires MESSA to share it's claims history data with school districts so that school districts can seek competitive bids on health care options. Obviously this is a lucrative line of business which MESSA would like to protect. MESSA has software which can clearly provide the required data - they say as much in the promotional literature provided by the vendor. Click on this link and select the case study to read it yourself - but to paraphrase MESSA's Sharon Kelly: by "entering a participant's Social Security number, clicking a button, ... the documents are retrieved instantly." Seems to me with such outstanding technology MESSA should be a simple "click of a button" away from complying with the law.

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