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HealthPlus sets standards for quality, satisfaction

FLINT — Sometimes great things really do come in smaller packages. Take HealthPlus of Michigan, a health benefits company that recently shed two lines of business and reorganized into a leaner organization with a tighter product focus. Today it shared that its quality ratings are in the top 12 percent of health plans across the nation and it’s just one of four plans in America to score 5 out of 5 for its consumer satisfaction.

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Private Health Insuran ce Plan Ratings 2015-2016, released Sept. 17,HealthPlus earned an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 for its private (non-government) HMO product. No other Michigan plan earned higher and, of nearly 500 plans evaluated by NCQA nationwide, less than 12 percent earned a rating of at least 4.5.

Other NCQA evaluations of HealthPlus’ private HMO plan include:

An accreditation status of “Excellent,” which is the highest possible level of NCQA accreditation

HealthPlus is headquartered in Flint, and was formed in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization. — G.G.

I-69 Thumb Region Honors 2015 Exporters of the Year

FLINT – Five businesses were honored for their business results in exporting from the I-69 Thumb Region, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.

More than 130 business, civic and education leaders were on hand as Exporter of the Year awards were presented during the 2015 I-69 Thumb Regional Summit in Flint.

Awards were presented by Monique Holliday-Bettie, Economic Development Manager for DTE Energy, and Jeffrey Mayes, Manager of Economic Development Strategy for Consumers Energy, along with economic development partners from each of the seven counties. The award is also supported by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce International Trade Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and The University of Michigan-Flint. Candidates were judged by UM-Flint faculty.

The following businesses received Exporter of the Year honors:

Genesee County – Coffee Beanery

Coffee Beanery has more than 100 locations throughout the U.S., 20 locations internationally and is recognized as an industry leader for its unique family business approach, corporate culture and commitment to quality.

The I-69 Thumb Region is a partnership of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Lapeer Development Corporation, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation. — G.G.


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