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DST Output's VeraPro(SM) Solution Provides Significant Production Cost Savings for Blue Shield of California

Printing Services for Member Communications Are Significantly Improved

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Output, the nation's leading third-party First-Class mailer, has consolidated some of Blue Shield of California's in-house printing capabilities and migrated them onto its VeraPro(SM) healthcare solution. This solution has been instrumental in reducing the healthcare coverage leader's overall fulfillment production and distribution costs. VeraPro is an integrated solution for healthcare communications that streamlines the creation, distribution and viewing of critical customer communications for health plans.

"Blue Shield of California's decision to consolidate certain printing, mailing and fulfillment production processes with DST Output has resulted in cost savings in production and postage, while providing a more efficient communication process," said Bob Wadsworth, vice president of installation and membership in Blue Shield's Consumer Operations Division. "This capability helps us get material to our customers in a more cost effective and timely manner, allowing Blue Shield to better meet customer expectations."

Through its VeraPro solution, DST Output currently prints and mails more than two million statements and other Blue Shield of California member communications per month from its operation center in El Dorado Hills, Calif. The full range of DST Output services provides Blue Shield members with ID cards, explanations of benefits (EOBs), claim checks, statements and payments.

DST Output's VeraPro(SM) Solution for Health Plans

DST Output's VeraPro is a proven solution of pre-integrated print and electronic components that streamlines critical customer communications for health plans. VeraPro improves regulatory compliancy, time to market for new products, customer satisfaction, and reduces operational risk, complexity and cost. VeraPro's comprehensive menu of services allows health plans to select from multiple sourcing options, depending on the plan's specific business requirements and preferences.

"DST Output raised the bar by launching the first common-architecture, integrated solution for leading healthcare companies," says Charles Page, healthcare practice leader for DST Output. "This market demands more than traditional print and mail processing, and that's where our integrated solution strategy aligns with the needs of today's healthcare plans."

About DST Output

DST Output, a wholly owned subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc., provides integrated print and electronic communications for the banking, brokerage, communications, healthcare, insurance, and mutual fund industries. As the largest third-party First Class mailer in the United States, DST Output produces more than 1.9 billion customer communications a year from its state-of-the-art facilities in North America. IndustryWeek magazine included the El Dorado Hills operation center in its list of "Top Ten Best Plants in North America" in 2002. In November, the same facility received certification for Mail Preparation Total Quality Management (MPTQM) from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and is designated as a distinguished Quality Mailing Partner of the USPS.

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FP Mailing Solutions Launches mymail

Compact and Affordable Digital Postage Meter Enters Mailing Solutions Market; Targets Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

ADDISON, IL –- March 19, 2003 - Francotyp-Postalia (FP Mailing Solutions), a world-class mailroom solutions provider, today announced the introduction of mymail – FP’s first digital information-based indicia program (IBIP) compliant postage meter designed specifically for the small business owner, home office entrepreneur (SOHO) or the consumer who wants faster postage service without applying stamps or making trips to the post office.

“FP developed mymail in response to the needs of the low volume user,” said Larry Turner, President of FP Mailing Solutions. “Because mymail is compact and lightweight, has an integrated five pound digital scale and a remote postage-setting system, it minimizes desktop space, increases productivity and reduces office overhead for small businesses.”

In addition to receiving FP Mailing Solutions’ unmatched customer service, mymail users can take advantage of its unique benefits, including:

Its size – approximately 7.5” x 7” x 12”

The ability to print customized advertisements or messages on the barcode label

A refill capability that downloads postage directly into mymail via FP’s exclusive TELESET® system and self-dialing internal modem

The ability to print postage usage reports and receipts directly from mymail for applying charge backs to customer

An integrated five pound electronic scale on the meter which does not take up additional desk space

The ability to process up to 17 standard letters per minute and produce tapes for packages up to five pounds.

“FP’s expertise is in designing technologically advanced mailing systems for small to mid-size companies,” said Turner. “We know that mymail is going to be an asset to any small business that needs to contain office expenses, yet project a professional image.”

Slated for release in mid April, mymail complements FP Mailing Systems’ award-winning mail center solutions.

About Francotyp-Postalia, Inc.
With U.S. headquarters in Addison, IL, FP Mailing Solutions is a world-class mailroom solutions provider, meeting the needs of small, mid-sized and large organizations. FP Mailing Solutions is known for technologically advanced equipment, the reputation of its dealer network, superior customer service and excellent value.

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