By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

Affordable quality healthcare is what most people are searching for given the rising costs of health insurance. MAPE members now have a full range of options to choose from through a new agreement between the Union and Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA).

Underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield and Delta Dental, MESSA was originally established as a non-profit health plan or VEBA by the Michigan Education Association (MEA) for its members in 1960. As a 501©(9) Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA), MESSA is a tax-exempt trust used to pay for members’ medical services and administering those benefits.

MESSA’s VEBA status already makes their costs lower than competitors to start with. Add to that the savings of not paying agent commissions and it’s easy to understand how MAPE members and their Employers can save money on healthcare.

“We are an ally in Michigan for Union employees. We will try to be as competitive as possible,” said Heather Scott, MESSA Field Representative. “We want to give you an accurate rate for the best insurance at the best price.”