Navigation Links
UPDATE: HAP Expands Medicare Advantage Options to Include Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services
Date:12/3/2008

Growing list of wellness services available to seniors

DETROIT, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is adding acupuncture and chiropractic services to its Flexible Health Options Benefit for individual Medicare Advantage members beginning January 1, 2009. HAP's growing list of services to promote wellness encourages Medicare beneficiaries to choose activities and services they want, while putting money back in their wallets.

HAP offers a Flexible Health Options Benefit to members of HAP Senior Plus and Alliance Medicare PPO plans that reimburses members up to $20 monthly ($240 annually) toward the cost of fitness classes, swimming, yoga, Tai Chi, weight training, or other activities at any gym, fitness facility or health club either at home or abroad. Members may also choose a qualified weight management program, such as Weight Watchers(R).

"With the holiday season upon us, this is a great time to be thinking about wellness resolutions for 2009," said Karen Wintringham, vice president, Medicare and Public Sector Programs, Health Alliance Plan. "So, if you just can't resist a second helping -- know that in January, you can take advantage of HAP's weight loss or exercise Flexible Health Options Benefit to help shed those holiday pounds."

Since the Flexible Benefit was first launched in January 2008, more than 600 HAP Medicare Advantage members have used it. This number is expected to grow in 2009 with the addition of two reimbursable complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services.

Beginning January 1, 2009, HAP Medicare Advantage individual members can elect to use their benefit reimbursement of up to $20 per month for acupuncture or chiropractic services not otherwise covered by Medicare.

Approximately 20 percent of American adults have received chiropractic care, and an estimated 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.

About Health Alliance Plan

HAP is a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan serving more than 500,000 members through PPO, HMO and Medicare plans. HAP has the top-ranked Medicare HMO plan in Michigan, according to U.S. News/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2008. HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, a Medicare Advantage HMO, earned Excellent accreditation ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Health Alliance Plan
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Economic Update: You Should Invest (in Your Appearance)
2. TCT update: press conference schedule announced for TCT
3. UPDATE: Defense Health Board Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregivers Panel
4. UPDATE: Celebrating UC Success Announces Essay Contest Winners
5. UPDATE: Retirement Living TV Partners With Maryland Public Television to Address the Issue of Healthcare in America Through Its Series Healthcare 08: Search for Solutions
6. VoIP-PAL.com, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VPLM.PK - News) UPDATE: Announces First Award Recipient of TalkfortheCure(TM) Dollars
7. Update: Oscar-Nominated Actress Signs on as Neutrogena(R) Brand Ambassador
8. Skin Cancer Prevention Update:
9. Update: SpineMark Expands Management Team to Build Spine Care Network
10. UPDATE: Governor Rendell to Fight to Cover All Pennsylvanians During Statewide Bus Tour
11. PA Game Commission: EHD Outbreak Update: Test Results Confirm EHD In Beaver County
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading ... Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly ... CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, ... member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. ... and rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families ... However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client ... elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some ... at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed ... over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has ... least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints a ... centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare ... CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will ... during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to the ... offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression for ... campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)...  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the combined central specialty pharmacy ... benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), today officially began ... unveiling of new signage at its headquarters in ... a few other company-owned facilities across the country. This ... of whom will begin to see the AllianceRx Walgreens ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to ... awards. Ranked as number one in the South Florida Business ... in Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has ... Armando Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ as ... Set to receive his award in October, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: