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Alliances: ASH, EBenefits, Metavante

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Aetna Inc. has picked American Specialty Health Inc. to provide products and services for the Aetna alternative medicine discount program.

Members of health plans run by Aetna, Hartford, will be eligible for discounts from ASH network providers of chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and dietetic services, according to ASH, San Diego.

Aetna members will be able to find ASH network providers using Aetna’s Web-based provider search tool.

Aetna members also will get discounts on 2,400 health and wellness products in the ASH HealthyRoads program, ASH says.

In other alliance news:

- EBenefits Direct Inc, Boca Raton, Fla., has received a general agent agreement that gives it the ability to sell health insurance and life insurance products from units of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., through its insurance sales Web site.

- Metavante Corp., Milwaukee, a unit of Marshall & Ilsley Corp., Milwaukee, is providing a wide range of support services, including account opening, fulfillment, call center and health account card services for a new health savings account program recently started by Harris N.A., Chicago, a banking unit of BMO Financial Group, Toronto.