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Priority Health is trying to make sure that its 1,700 members who are General Motors white-collar retirees stay in the fold. Last week, GM announced it is discontinuing group health benefits for 97,400 salaried retirees, and will instead add a taxable $300 per month to their pensions to help them buy insurance.
LouAnn Shawver, senior manager of Medicare sales for Priority Health, said of the Grand Rapids company’s 700 West Michigan members and 1,000 eastern Michigan members affected by GM’s decision: “We can take care of (them) without any hiccups at all.”
But Priority Health has approval to sell Medicare Advantage in only 23 of
Still, GM white-collar retirees who have retired in Up North counties served by Priority Health, and who spend at least six months there, can consider joining Priority Health’s Medicare Advantage program.
GM is using Extend Health, a
“GM been very proactive with us in talking to us about what’s going to go on,” Shawver said. “We’re getting specs from them probably today telling us what we need to do to be part of this.”
Already working with Extend Health is Blue Cross Blue Shield and for-profit competitors who have been more aggressive recently in the
According to its Web site, Extend Health is owned by private equity firm Psilos Group Managers and Revolution Health Group, founded by
- A nasty barrage of e-mail and faxes last week pitted 88th District state House seat candidate Todd Boorsma against Matt Howell, the son of Millbrook Tack & Trailer’s Dan Howell.
The Byron Township equine and Western store closed its doors last week, leaving 40 people out of work, a move Matt Howell claims was due primarily to Boorsma’s involvement with the firm’s trailer division, in particular. “What I have a problem with is what I was able to see as I tried to assist in saving this business for the last few weeks and the gross hypocrisy on display in (Boorsma’s) campaign materials.”
Boorsma, who served as president of Michigan Gambling Opposition (MichGo), which has opposed the
“I was forwarded an e-mail from Matt Howell, son of Millbrook owner Dan Howell,” said Boorsma. “In this e-mail there were a number of accusations made saying that the closing of the business was my fault. Matt Howell is not a part of the company; the owner and person who started the company is Dan Howell. Before I left the company in May to run my campaign, sales had greatly increased during my time as sales manager.
Boorsma said he has the support of Dan Howell.
“Millbrook’s closure was due to the struggling
Boorsma’s camp claimed a possible motive for the “personal attack”:
“Matt Howell owns land developments in the Dorr and Wayland area,” Boorsma’s campaign said. “According to an Allegan County Property record (enclosed), a 36.48-acre parcel off U.S.131 on
- Brazo, an LED task light introduced by
Haworth, has been awarded a 2008 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award. The IDEA competition is one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions and a celebration of the most innovative and exciting product and product concept designs of the year.
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