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From company doctors to managed care : the United Mine Workers' noble experiment

Author: Ivana Krajcinovic
Publisher: Ithaca, NY : ILR Press, 1997.
Series: Cornell studies in industrial and labor relations, no. 31.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Welfare and Retirement Fund of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is widely acknowledged as the most innovative effort at group health care in the United States in the twentieth century. Ivana Krajcinovic describes the establishment, operation, and demise of the fund that brought mining families from the backwater to the forefront of medical care in less than a decade. The UMWA was one of the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Krajcinovic, Ivana, 1965-
From company doctors to managed care.
Ithaca, NY : ILR Press, 1997
(DLC) 97015098
(OCoLC)37011218
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ivana Krajcinovic
ISBN: 9781501722042 1501722042
OCLC Number: 1038276701
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: The centrality of health benefits in labor contracts --
The early history of health plans for workers --
Bargaining for benefits: the fund and the transformation of industrial relations in the coal industry --
Designing the fund --
The delivery of physician care under the fund's managed care initiatives --
Hospital care: the Miners Memorial Hospital Association --
External challenges to the operation of the fund --
The transformation and dismantling of the fund.
Series Title: Cornell studies in industrial and labor relations, no. 31.
Responsibility: Ivana Krajcinovic.

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"The Welfare and Retirement Fund of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is widely acknowledged as the most innovative effort at group health care in the United States in the twentieth century. Ivana Krajcinovic describes the establishment, operation, and demise of the fund that brought mining families from the backwater to the forefront of medical care in less than a decade. The UMWA was one of the first unions to take advantage of conditions created by World War II to bargain for employer-financed health benefits. Spurning convention, the UMWA not only retained control of health benefits but also utilized then-unorthodox managed-care principles in arranging for the care of its members. Perhaps even more remarkable, the union designed the Fund to care for a beneficiary group with extremely high demands. Initially poor and neglected, miners were encumbered by the additional health burdens of a hazardous industry. Krajcinovic analyzes the success of the Fund over nearly three decades in providing high-quality cost-effective care to miners and their families. She also explains the irony of its dismantlement at the very moment when its innovations gained currency among mainstream commercial plans."--Jacket.

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