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Date:10/29/2008

HAP offers a free informational DVD and workshops

DETROIT, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Understanding Medicare just got a little easier. During the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries struggle to understand their current coverage and whether to select different coverage options. Detroit-based Health Alliance Plan (HAP) will provide a free DVD to anyone seeking information about Medicare and how to approach making the annual decision. Thousands of beneficiaries also will receive plenty of individual attention in local workshops.

"Making Medicare Work for You" DVD

HAP's new "Making Medicare Work for You" DVD offers helpful information. Local experts, including a physician, a pharmacist and a representative from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program, explain the basics of Medicare, options for extra coverage, how to choose a plan and more. "Making Medicare Work for You" also explains the "A-B-C-s" of Medicare, what Original Medicare doesn't cover, and what to do when your employer cancels your retiree health benefits. The DVD also covers the importance of preventive services and managing chronic conditions.

"This DVD was created for the general public, and is meant to be useful resource for anyone trying to better understand Medicare," said Karen Wintringham, vice president, Medicare and Public Sector Programs. "The DVD also explains how to prepare for the open enrollment period and what to consider when making your decision about a plan for the coming year."

To order the free DVD, "Making Medicare Work for You," call 1-800-971-7878 toll-free or TDD 313-664-8000, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. A videotape version is also available.

Small, Local Workshops Offer Personal Attention

HAP will host Medicare workshops throughout southeast Michigan this fall, with plenty of opportunities for beneficiaries to receive personal attention from knowledgeable HAP staff who can answer questions about Medicare options. Many beneficiaries bring a friend or family member to the workshops.

To find a workshop in your area and to reserve your spot, call (800) 449-1515 or TDD (313) 664-8000 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For accommodation of persons with special needs, call (800) 449-1515. For information about Medicare Solutions powered by HAP, call 800-971-7878 or visit http://www.hap.org/medicare.

Important Information for Beneficiaries:

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs from November 15 through December 31, 2008. Coverage for individuals who enroll during this period begins January 1, 2009. 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.

About Health Alliance Plan

Headquartered in Detroit, HAP is a nonprofit health plan serving more than 500,000 members through PPO, HMO and Medicare plans. HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, a Medicare Advantage HMO, earned Excellent accreditation ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.


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