SOURCE: Health Contact Partners

October 13, 2008 14:53 ET

Stephen Horvath Named Vice President and General Manager of Health Contact Partners

To Focus on Expanding 24-Hour Benefit Advocacy Services

LAKE FOREST, IL--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Libertyville, Ill., resident Steve Horvath, 41, has been named Vice President and General Manager, Health Contact Partners. The announcement was made by Debra Leon, President and Founder of the Wheeling, Ill.-based marketing, enrollment and benefit advocacy contact center. Health Contact Partners was acquired in June by Trustmark Companies, a health insurer and benefits administrator.

In his newly created role, Horvath oversees Health Contact Partners' day-to-day clinical and call center operations, as well as information technology, human resources, finance and administration. "Health Contact Partners is an emerging company with tremendous potential to grow in the benefit advocacy arena," said Horvath. "With the added boost of Trustmark's business experience, financial resources and technology, we expect to double Health Contact Partners' revenues in 2009."

President Debra Leon shifts full-time focus to sales initiatives along with two recently hired salespeople. Part of the company's expansion is the rollout of CareChampion 24/7, an enhanced version of Health Contact Partners' benefit advocacy service that gives members one convenient point of contact for clinical and administrative benefit issues day or night.

"We've tracked that a majority of U. S. organizations and their employees need and want assistance in navigating the healthcare system the way CareChampion 24/7 does," said Leon. "Steve Horvath is setting the wheels in motion to support our upcoming expansion with the staffing, operations and technology to assure our customers receive the most integrated, medically sound guidance on an around-the-clock basis."

Previous to Health Contact Partners, Horvath was on staff at Trustmark for nearly 17 years, most recently as Second Vice President on its New Growth Ventures team, driving the company's diversification into new health services businesses. He played a significant role in spearheading Trustmark's interest in Consumer Health Advice services and was directly responsible for the recent acquisition of Health Contact Partners.

Horvath holds a bachelor's degree in management and finance from the University of Iowa, and AHIP insurance designations of Health Insurance Associate and Associate, Customer Service.

About Health Contact Partners

Founded in 2001, Health Contact Partners is a URAC-accredited, HIPAA-compliant contact center specializing in personalized health information and support through benefit advocacy, marketing and enrollment. Serving customers 24 hours, 365 days a week, Health Contact Partners offers professional benefit assistance in English, Spanish and 150 additional languages via telephone, e-mail and online live chat. Visit

About the Trustmark Companies Through its subsidiaries and operating divisions, Trustmark Mutual Holding Company offers a full line of health, life and benefit administration products and services to groups and individuals, and has assets of more than $1.7 billion. Visit

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