“I’m always looking at ads to see who’s got the best deal,” Melissa Whitman says.
Who doesn’t love saving money? But how are great deals and health insurance connected? They may be more similar than you think, at least when you see doctors in the Health Alliance network.
“Many of our members are surprised how much they save by staying in-network,” says Melissa, a Health Alliance claims manager. “Going out-of-network can cost members twice as much, and the even more unfortunate part is they often don’t realize that until after their visit or procedure.”
With thousands of doctors and hospitals in-network (and the list growing daily), you don’t need an eye for a good deal. We have people like Melissa for that. Melissa can help with just about anything related to getting your covered care paid for.
Stepping into her cubical proves instantly there’s a lot more to Melissa than claims processing. Her family. Pictures of smiling faces decorate every open space.
“We’re always together. Cooking out,” she said. “In the summer they’re at my pool, and we just got done mushroom hunting.”
Melissa has quite the eye for those hard-to-find morels. For as long as she can remember, mushroom hunting has been an annual adventure.
“The whole family goes. Even my 89-year-old grandma gets her mushroom stick and gets in the woods,” says Melissa with a laugh.
She sums herself up simply. “I’m a city girl. I love my work, my family, and a taste of the country,” she says.