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July 23, 2012

State of Minnesota Selects Curam Business Application Suite from IBM

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The Cúram Business Application Suite from IBM (News - Alert) is a complete, modular suite of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products created specifically for human services, workforce services and social security organizations, referred to collectively as social enterprises.

Recently, IBM announced that the company’s Cúram solution will serve as the platform for the health insurance exchange in Minnesota.

The IBM Cúram solution, part of IBM's Smarter Cities portfolio, was created to cater to the special requirements of government administered social programs. The state can enhance statewide health insurance options and facilitate users to decide eligibility for expanded Medicaid coverage and tax credits for various insurance plans with the help of this platform.

Streamlining the eligibility and verification process for citizens, the solution incorporates new income standards and manages the capture and storage of IRS income data. IBM’s integrated eligibility platform can support any or all of the state’s health and human services programs in the future in addition to Minnesota’s current initiative, the company stated in a press release.

“Improving social services takes cooperation and a commitment to an open exchange of ideas and information," said John Hearne, general manager, Curam Solutions, IBM in a company press release. "IBM's proven, interactive approach to delivering access to social programs will make it easier for Minnesota to deliver services to citizens and engage them in their own health decision making.”

Recently, TMC (News - Alert) reported that ValeCard is going to make use of IBM PureSystems to reorganize its data center operations and record keeping.

To find out more about IBM visit the company at ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit IBM in booth # 1324. For more information on ITEXPO West 2012 click here.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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