HAP now provides extra protection for Medicare beneficiaries

DETROIT — Effective immediately, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) will provide Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plan members with valueadded emergency travel assistance if they become ill or injured while traveling 100 miles or more away from home, or in another country, free of charge.

HAP has partnered with Assist America of Princeton, N.J., the premier provider of global emergency services through employee benefit plans, to provide services such as personal assistance with emergency medical evacuation, lost luggage and lost document assistance, referrals to qualified doctors and hospitals, and more.

“Assist America is a valuable enhancement to our Medicare programs, adding worldwide protection beyond the coverage members already enjoy. Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members are automatically enrolled in the program at no additional cost,” said Karen Wintringham, HAP vice president, Medicare Programs.

“HAP is the only Michigan-based health care plan to offer Assist America’s global emergency services. It demonstrates our commitment to the health and well-being of our members, and our support of the active lifestyles they lead. They can travel with peace of mind, knowing that the resources to handle any travel emergency are only a telephone call away,” Wintringham said.

“HAP continues to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of their members by now offering Assist America’s extensive global emergency services to the senior population,” said Stephanie Croquez, vice president of business development for Assist America.

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Coverage for individuals who enroll during this period begins Jan. 1, 2012. 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 2012. Those who have health benefits from an employer group plan should ask the company or union for advice before signing up for any plan. — G.G.

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