For 2016, HAP and HealthPlus will maintain their separate agent sales agreements. However, when large HealthPlus groups renew with HAP, they will be placed on the HAP operating system and standard HAP commissions will apply. We will reach out to all of our agent partners shortly regarding HAP contracts. Be assured the sales teams are working on new arrangements that will recognize the important role agents play in our success and contribute to a sustainable business model. Our commitment is to keep you updated as these important decisions are made.
Customers will transition naturally as they renew. In the meantime, for members and customers with existing effective plans and benefits, there will be no change. Going forward, we will offer a broader set of products from the combined organization that may vary from their existing plan but designed to best meet their needs.
You can sell the full suite of HAP products, which includes an impressive array of plans for individuals,groups, Medicare, and Medicaid, with self-funded options available. HAP offers PPO, HMO, HSA, HRA and EPO plan types. HAP individual plans are available on the Michigan Health Insurance Market Place.
HAP teams are working through the final regulatory approval process and will roll out the new service area maps by product line to agents when we receive the final approvals.
The newly combined company is focused on delivering consumer-focused plans and benefits that meet the needs of a variety of individuals, groups and customers. As always, our priority will be delivering access to high quality care at an affordable rate. Our pledge is to provide regular updates as our transition to a single operating company progresses.
Members and groups will transition naturally to HAP as they renew. In the interim, you can continue to offer the HAP plan or plans that best meet the needs of your groups and individuals purchasers.
Please continue to contact the appropriate HAP or HealthPlus sales teams as you have in the past. Our sales teams are currently working together and coordinating their activities and support.
The final timeline for product conversions and consolidation is being defined. A large part of the benefit of the merger with HAP is to leverage the significant technology investments made over the past several years. System conversions to HAP systems may begin as early as April 1, 2016, for new business and June 1, 2016 for renewal business. Both the HealthPlus and HAP brands will continue to be used in the foreseeable future.
Individual and Medicare Advantage HealthPlus plans sold during open enrollment will continue to be branded and serviced as is through 2016. We’re excited to offer them options from the combined organization during your next renewal.
Neither. HealthPlus has agreed to merge with HAP, a top Michigan-based health plan headquartered in Detroit and in business since 1956. Like HealthPlus, HAP has strong labor roots, a commitment to innovative plans and services and a penchant for meeting member and customer needs. Our plan is to bring together the best of both companies to create a consumer-focused, next-generation powerhouse.
We’re confident that agents, and employers and members, will benefit from HealthPlus joining the HAP family. Together, we’ll have a significantly larger service area, more products, a robust network and an experienced and talented team to make it all work. We’re excited about the opportunities for our agents, who we consider our key business partners.
HAP currently offers a Medicare supplement that will continue to be part of a combined product portfolio.
February 1 marks the beginning of the process of bringing two great Michigan companies together. We have a variety of teams working on numerous operational plans. We understand to the need to define our products in a timely manner, which we are dedicated to doing. But we’re also dedicated to getting this important first step right. We’ll be providing our valued agents updates as we make progress.
We will continue to offer plans across the spectrum of costs and coverages to meet each consumer’s and customer’s needs.
Until we consolidate processes and procedures, we will continue to pay MA commissions as we currently do for products previously sold by HAP or HealthPlus.
Please continue to contact the appropriate HAP or HealthPlus sales team, as you have in the past. Currently, our sales teams are working together and coordinating their activities, including regular update, and customer support. Additionally, you can find specific merger information at healthplus.org.
When the merger is finalized the corporate entity of HealthPlus will be merged with HAP. While we will continue to use the HealthPlus brand, the merged entity will be HAP. Members and groups will naturally transition to HAP as they renew.
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