Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. the third-largest U.S. coal producer, is seeking new ways to tackle health care costs in its self-funded plan.

Despite selling 38.8 million tons of coal last year, Alliance Resource Partners wanted to move ahead of the pack when it comes to its health care spend, said Paul Mackey, vice president of human resources, during the Benefits Forum & Expo held recently in Boca Raton, Fla. He explained that the company tried its hand at onsite health care delivery to help drive down care and premium costs.

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