NU Online News Service, April 12, 2005, 3:29 p.m. EDT

A San Diego alternative health carrier has started selling alternative health benefit plans to Arkansas employers with at least 51 employees.[@@]

The programs include discounts and insurance coverage for services such as acupuncture and massage therapy. American Specialty also sells chiropractic benefits and a vitamin discount program.

American Specialty’s Michigan network includes more than 425 alternative health care providers.