29 July 2008


Jim Rink (313) 336-1513

In a precedent-setting move among three leading Michigan-based companies, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), Delta Dental of Michigan and AAA Michigan have co-branded a "Power Package" of value-based benefits designed especially for Macomb County Chamber members.

Aimed at small to mid-sized businesses, the Power Package offers affordable group benefits so employers can customize their options and incentives to maximize savings for themselves and their employees. Macomb County Chamber businesses can combine their medical and dental benefits¡ all in one package and obtain quality auto, home, life and long-term care insurance coverage through AAA Michigan.

For the past five years, finding affordable health coverage has been among the top two business concerns for surveyed Macomb County employers, especially in today’s tough economy. According to the Focus Macomb 2007 Annual Report, the region’s ability to provide affordable health care access and competitive compensation packages is a vital component for making Macomb County attractive to existing and prospective businesses.

The Macomb County Chamber is proud to partner with three trusted, experienced Michigan benefit companies to create an opportunity for employers seeking cost relief that hasn’t been offered in the past -- more quality solutions to meet their company benefit needs, said Macomb County Chamber CEO Grace Shore.

The Power Package features a single point of sale; the portal on the chamber Web site houses all the options businesses may require with one click of a button access. Agents and businesses can obtain quotes online from HAP, Delta Dental and AAA.

Macomb County Chamber business owners wear multiple hats, so we are supporting their business insurance needs by providing real-time, streamlined portal access to instant insurance quotes at www.macombcountychamber.com. This offering frees up more time for companies to focus on growing their core business, President Melanie Davis added.

The Power Package expands a partnership between HAP and Delta Dental created in 2007 when HAP added dental benefits with its Medicare Advantage plans.

Forming strategic partnerships with like-minded companies maximizes everyone’s success and enables HAP to offer one of the most diverse product portfolios available with market-leading disease prevention and wellness opportunities, said Jamie Spriet, HAP vice president, Business Development. Sound employer benefit solutions can spark economic growth by helping Macomb County attract and retain top talent. The Power Package delivers outstanding access to vast networks of participating providers, administrative ease for business owners and savings for everyone.

To take advantage of the value-added Power Package employer benefit solutions offered through the Macomb County Chamber, businesses can contact their agent or call 586-493-7600. Agents may also visit www.hap.org to access HAP’s eSales application to obtain a quote, or contact HAP at 800-HAP-PLUS (800-427-7587).

About the Macomb County Chamber (www.macombcountychamber.com) The Macomb County Chamber’s mission is to create a positive and sustainable business environment throughout Macomb County. The region’s quality of life and business vitality is nurtured and enhanced by Macomb County Chamber’s ongoing initiatives to expand commerce and advocate economic growth. Celebrating its one-year anniversary, the Macomb County Chamber was formed when the Central Macomb Chamber and Macomb Chamber opted to merge, thus becoming the leading voice of business in Macomb County.

About AAA Michigan (www.AAA.com) Travel services, auto, home and life insurance, and fixed-rate annuities are available through AAA to more than 1.6 million members in Michigan. It is part of The Auto Club Croup (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with approximately 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization with more than 50 million members in the United States and Canada. Life insurance underwritten and annuities offered, by AAA Life Insurance Company, Livonia, Mich.

About Delta Dental of Michigan (www.deltadentalmi.com) Delta Dental of Michigan, with its affiliates in Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana is one of the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2007, the enterprise paid out nearly $1.7 billion for dental care for more than 6.2 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Michigan; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis, Tennessee; and, Indianapolis and Greenwood, Indiana.

About Health Alliance Plan (www.hap.org) Headquartered in Detroit, Health Alliance Plan is a nonprofit health plan serving over 540,000 members and 2,000 employer groups. HAP is a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation’s leading health care systems. The health plan serves companies of all sizes through HMO, PPO, individual plans and Medicare plans. Multiple funding arrangements from experience-rated, fully insured to self-funded products are available. HAP’s commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, a Medicare Advantage HMO, earned Excellent accreditation ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.