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Become A Member

For over 215 years, HCMA has represented the voice of Hartford County physicians and their patients. We offer not just a wealth of benefits, like networking events, discounts, action alerts and workshops, we also give you and your patients a way to get involved in the fight for the future of health care.

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Action Alerts

Don't be left behind! Find out the latest news, whether it's a policy change, a contract change, billing and coding news and alerts or anything else that affects the way you practice medicine.

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Calendar of Events

HCMA's Event Calendar includes a variety of valuable seminars and events. Our goal is to offer our physician members and their staffs the knowledge and resources necessary to manage a successful practice.

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Physician Locator

Looking for a doctor who supports quality patient care? Search our directory of HCMA members for a physician in your community. You can search by speciality or geographic location.

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HCMA Member Benefits

Affinity Vendors


• Legislative Oversight and Key Contact Program

• Health, Disability and Professional Liability Insurance Programs

• HAVEN (Health Assistance InterVention Education Network)
Program for the identification and rehabilitation of health care professionals suffering impairment

• Peer Review Programs

• Media Campaign

• Patient Advocacy

• Responses to Regulatory and Ethical Questions and Practice Management Inquiries

• Health System Reform

• Community Health Programs

• Educational Seminars for Physicians and Their Staff

• HCMA Foundation - Established for Charitable and Educational Purposes

• Distinguished Service Award

• Community Service Award

Insurances

MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE

NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT! HUB International Healthcare Solutions and MedPro RRG offer significant savings for Medical Professional Liability Insurance.

Eligible Participants: Current members of HCMA

HUB Internation & MedPro present Med Professional Liability Insurance

MEDICAL INSURANCE & LONG TERM CARE

Medical: Medicare Eligible

The HCMA currently endorses Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield as the carrier for its endorsed programs of health insurance for the Medicare eligible members and their spouses. There are three plans in place:

1. The High Option Plan 81 with Major Medical is currently frozen and not accepting new members. This plan is deemed to be “CREDITABLE” coverage.

2. Medicare Supplement Plan F with an Unlimited Prescription Drug Rider and No Donut Hole otherwise not available to members on a stand alone basis.  This plan is deemed to be “CREDITABLE” coverage.

3. Medicare Supplement Plan F without Prescription Drug Coverage. This plan is NOT deemed to be “CREDITABLE” coverage.

Dental

The HCMA currently endorses two carriers and plans for members, their families and staff. Both are VOLUNTARY and not subject to normal issue and participation requirements.

1. The CIGNA DMO requires utilization of their providers with no deductibles or annual caps at extremely competitive rates.

2. The MetLife plan is a more traditional plan with deductibles, co-pays and a cap on spending. It does, however, allow for the utilization of any licensed provider.

Group Term Life

The HCMA currently endorses MetLife. All member physicians and staff are eligible for one and one half times their salary subject to a maximum of $300,000.  Guaranteed issue for some of the coverage is available for new entrants to the plan who apply within sixty days of becoming eligible. Current rates are being reduced by 25%, making the plan extremely competitive, especially at the earlier ages.

Long Term Convalescent (LTC)

The HCMA once endorsed CNA for LTC. We have a number of policies in force and continue to service the policies without problems.

For new applicants we are currently writing with Genworth, MetLife, John Hancock, Prudential and Massachusetts Mutual while we search for a new endorsed carrier that will either provide some underwriting advantages or premium discounts. With nursing home costs in Connecticut already in excess of $100,000 a year and increasing yearly,  protecting the assets you accumulate from a long term illness not covered by your health insurance or Medicare is becoming an increasingly important consideration.

DISABILITY & LIFE INSURANCE DISABILITY (INDIVIDUAL)

Disability

1. The HCMA once endorsed Massachusetts Casualty for individual disability insurance. The Company was sold but a number of policies are in force and continue to be serviced.

2. MetLife - up to $17,000 per month benefits available at a 10% Association discount. Optional riders include residual disability, your occupation, cost of living adjustment, and automatic increase benefit.

3. The HCMA also continues to endorse the following coverage through The Hartford:

a. Weekly Disability - 15% benefit increase due to positive experience. Some Guarantee issue for new
members.

b. Office Overhead Insurance

c. Both utilize banded rates and have short elimination periods and long benefit durations which are not the norm in today’s marketplace.

OTHER INSURANCE

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)

The HCMA offers up to $100,000 of AD&D through The Hartford.


For information regarding any of your insurance needs or the endorsed products, please contact our agent, Richard A. Heimgartner, CLU, ChFC, of Heimgartner Insurance Services, Inc. at 860.436.3991


 

This listing of Preferred Vendors provided by the Association has been prepared for the convenience of our members.  Some of these vendors may pay the Association a fee.  This listing does not constitute a guaranty of the services and products provided by the Preferred Vendors.  The Association has no control over the services and products of the Preferred Vendors and it makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding any Preferred Vendor.  The Association assumes no responsibility for any matters arising, directly or indirectly, between you and the Preferred Vendors.  You are strongly encouraged to perform your own independent evaluation and due diligence of the appropriateness of any Preferred Vendor for your needs.  You are utilizing any Preferred Vendor listed at your own risk."