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HAP Announces Largest Expansion in its History With Securing of Statewide Provider Networks for PPO Products

New Contracts Bring Innovative Health Care and Coverage Options to Customers Statewide

DETROIT – Feb. 20, 2008 – The addition of 29 new hospitals and more than 2,500 new physicians to a growing statewide provider network has created the largest expansion ever of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and its subsidiaries, Alliance Health and Life Insurance Company and HAP Preferred Inc.  The announcement was made by HAP President and CEO, Francine Parker.

The expansion not only brings HAP's PPO products to customers statewide, but enables companies with multiple locations to provide access to high-quality health care with an array of innovative health plans, including HAP's PPO products, the fast-growing SOLO Individual Plans, Alliance Medicare Rx Prescription Drug Plans (stand-alone PDP) and Alliance Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap plans).

"Our growing provider network and insurance product portfolio brings much-needed competition and options in statewide health coverage," said Francine Parker, president and CEO.  "HAP is building strong relationships with regional providers, businesses and community leaders to bring access to affordable health coverage, quality medical care, innovative wellness and outreach programs to each community we serve."

HAP has provided access to high-quality health care coverage for more than 40 years and serves more than 545,000 members.  HAP is known as an industry pioneer; helping to create an e-Prescribing portal that has saved millions of health care dollars and being the first in Michigan to introduce comprehensive weight management services, customized worksite wellness programs, and HAP's HealthTrack, an IT-based disease management registry for patients with chronic illnesses.

With the new contracts, HAP has significantly expanded its presence in West Michigan, Mid-Michigan, Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, enhancing HAP's leadership position in the state. 

HAP's expanded network includes the state's leading hospitals, health systems and physician groups.  Hospitals and health systems added to HAP's provider network include:

Trinity Health:  HAP added three new hospital contracts with Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek; Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon; and Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids for HAP's PPO products.  The three new contracts bring the total number of Trinity Hospitals in HAP's network to nine.

MidMichigan Health: HAP secured four hospital contracts for HAP's PPO customers with MidMichigan Health, a partnership of health providers, services and facilities in the heart of Michigan.  The four hospitals are MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare; MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin; MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland and Gratiot Medical Center, Alma.

Regional Delivery Network of West Michigan: HAP has secured contracts for PPO customers with the Regional Delivery Network of West Michigan, a group of physician hospital organizations with approximately 500 physicians.  HAP also secured contracts with Mercy General Health Partners – Mercy Campus, Muskegon; Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids; Carson City Hospital, Carson City; and Sheridan Hospital, Sheridan.

Upper Peninsula Health Plan: HAP reached an agreement with Upper Peninsula Health Plan that enables PPO members to access 14 hospitals and 800 physicians in the Upper Peninsula.

Northern Michigan Hospitals: HAP's subsidiaries have contracted with Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey, Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, Cheboygan and Charlevoix Area Hospital for HAP's PPO products.

Saginaw and Flint:  Covenant Hospital in Saginaw is now available for HAPs PPO customers.  Covenant joins HAP's existing hospital relationships with Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc; McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint; Hurley Medical Center, Flint and St. Mary's of Michigan, Saginaw.

Memorial Healthcare: HAP has secured a contract for PPO customers with Memorial Healthcare in Owosso.

"We're very excited about all of these new relationships with providers across Michigan," said Parker.  "HAP is committed to ensuring that high-quality local providers are available for members enrolled in our statewide health plans."

About HAP
Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a nonprofit health plan based in Detroit, has more than four decades of leadership in providing customers with access to quality health care coverage.  HAP serves more than 545,000 members.  The health plan serves individuals through its SOLO plans, as well as companies of all sizes – from national corporations to entrepreneurs – through an expansive product portfolio including:  HMOs, PPOs, Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans with prescription drug coverage, experience-rated and fully insured products, and HSA-compatible high-deductible health plans with online consumer tools.  Leased provider network services are available through HAP's subsidiary, HAP Preferred Inc. For more information about HAP, visit www.hap.org.

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