My insurance renewal came in the mail yesterday. I stayed with AMTA for five years, and I have now been with with ABMP for five years. For most of us we think about AMTA vs ABMP membership, or maybe both. I was thinking it may be time for a change. Truthfully I was happy with both AMTA and ABMP. Maybe I should return to AMTA. I love AMTA’s get togethers at the Spring and Fall Conventions, I like the online information and interaction at www.massageandbodywork.com by ABMP and their magazine, Massage and Bodywork. After IMA bit the dust this year, Massage Mag announced it was offering an insurnance plan for massage professionals. With a cheaper rate ($159 per year) then the others it was worth some investigating. First problem, I did not see my primary modality, Ashiatsu, listed as a covered modality. Checking your modalilties is something you should always check with in an insurance provider. Especially if you provide non-massage related services such as aesthetics, ear candling, or Raindrop therapy. These are not something I provide, so I do not worry about the coverage. After a quick email, their insurance agent assured me that Ashiatsu was covered. I also did not see a subscription to Massage Mag on the benefits. It does not come with the package, but she said the do run specials that do include the subscription. Also, I was told that with every new member who joins this December, a donation to Toys for Tots would be made. I do not know what I will choose, but there are options.
Which do you belong to AMTA, ABMP, Massage Mag, Former IMA, Hands on Trade, or other? Are you happy? What do you look for in an insurance provider? What benefit is most important to you?
LMT, Massage Continuing Education Provider
Things to consider when choosing a provider: What is important to you?
- Amount of Insurance Coverage
- Modalities covered
- Colleague Interaction
- Personal Website
- Extas – Magazine, Newletters, Client Education Materials
- Effort to education public about massage
- Support of massage related research
- Customer Support
- Extra Insurance Coverage Aesthetics, Rental, Trip and Fall
- Continuing Education Offering
- Requirement for Coverage (0 Hours -500 hours?)
- Requirement for CEU’s
- Other Discounts
- Agree with your thoughts on the massage field (Requirement for licensure, scope of practice, entry exams)