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HAP Expands Medicare Advantage Options to Include Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services
Date:12/2/2008

ed 8.2 million adults have used acupuncture, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Many people who seek chiropractic care have chronic, pain-related health conditions -- most commonly low-back pain, neck pain and headache. A growing body of research suggests that acupuncture may help to ease some side effects of breast, head and neck cancer treatment; decrease the need for post-op painkillers; and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis.

To receive the Flexible Health Options Benefit, HAP Senior Plus and Alliance Medicare PPO members can mail a completed form and a receipt to HAP each month, showing they paid a fee for a qualifying membership or service. Unused amounts cannot be rolled over to future months. Benefits provided through individual plans and employer group plans may vary.

Current HAP Senior Plus members may call 1-800-801-1770 toll-free for more information or for monthly benefit claim forms. Alliance Medicare PPO beneficiaries may call 1-888-658-2536 toll-free for information or for monthly benefit claim forms.

Prospective members who would like to enroll or learn more about HAP's Medicare Solutions may call 800-971-7878 or visit www.hap.org/medicare.

Important Information for Beneficiaries:

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs from November 15 through December 31, 2008. Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries who do not receive coverage through an employer to review their current medical and prescription drug coverage for 2009. Those who have health benefits from an employer group plan should ask the company or union for advice before signing up for any plan.

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