New options for UAW Trust retirees, Medicare Advantage plans

Sparrow, HealthPlus offer new options to UAW Trust retirees, Medicare Advantage consumers

Published: Nov. 13, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - A series of new agreements between Sparrow and HealthPlus mean that UAW Trust retirees from General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and Medicare Advantage enrollees in Ingham and Clinton counties who choose HealthPlus as their insurance plan can now access Sparrow and the roughly 1,000 providers in the Sparrow Physicians Health Network (SPHN).

It also means that HealthPlus customers throughout Michigan will now have in-network coverage at Sparrow's Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI).

HealthPlus, one of the state's leading health plan providers, has developed new options along with Sparrow to enhance health and wellness opportunities for local residents.

Interested Medicare Advantage consumers can access these new plans by signing up for HealthPlus during the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7.

"These UAW Trust retirees and Medicare Advantage plan enrollees now have the option to come to Sparrow for all of their health care needs," said Dennis Swan, Sparrow President and CEO. "At Sparrow, the needs of the Patients always come first and we are honored to work with HealthPlus and its health plan members."

"This working partnership is all about improving community health and increasing access to quality care," said Bruce Hill, HealthPlus President and CEO. "Together, HealthPlus, Sparrow, and SPHN will provide current and potential new Medicare Advantage members and UAW Trust retirees with health options and quality care from the region's premier health system."

SPHN has been serving mid-Michigan communities since 1993, covering a range of health care needs and offering the best in compassionate, quality care. As part of the Sparrow family, SPHN is backed by the most trusted health care name in the region.

Headquartered in Flint, HealthPlus has been providing customized, nationally recognized health plans since 1979.