HealthPlus of Michigan and Health Alliance Plan jointly announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement to merge. The merger is subject to regulatory approval.
The merger between HAP, which is headquartered in Detroit, and Flint-based HealthPlus will establish a company that’s among one of the largest health insurers in Michigan.
“This is a win-win situation,” said HAP President and CEO James Connelly. “It’s a win for both HealthPlus and HAP because it creates a larger, stronger, more competitive company with a solid portfolio of comprehensive products and opportunities for growth. As important, it’s a win for the members of both companies because two Michigan-based non-profit companies are coming together to provide excellent coverage, care and customer service.”
Connelly sats the two companies have similar products, service areas and provider networks that will enable them to integrate and build upon their collective strengths. He says of significant importance are the long-standing relationships both HealthPlus and HAP intend to maintain, including their individual and employer group customers – with both companies having deep ties to the labor community in Michigan — and many robust partnerships each has cultivated over the years to enhance the health and well-being of the communities they serve.
HealthPlus members will still have access to the same provider networks, coverage and services they do today. Upon receipt of these approvals, the planned effective date for the merger is Jan. 1.