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2014-02-18 16:26:14

Highmark files for approval with Pennsylvania Insurance Department WILKES-BARRE, Pa. and PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The boards of directors of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) and Highmark Inc. (Highmark) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge, marking a key milestone in bringing together the two not-for-profit health insurance leaders to better serve the communities of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. "This definitive...

2014-01-28 12:21:06

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- While the temperatures have plummeted to some of the coldest Western Pennsylvania has seen in decades, it hasn't changed the fact that the people in the community still need to get around. For many, that means riding the bus. But for those braving the cold at some bus stops in Pittsburgh, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is offering an unexpected burst of warm air this winter. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has installed warming stations at...

2014-01-15 20:21:42

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. has announced that it is donating $15,000 to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to assist communities across greater Charleston currently under a water ban. Approximately 300,000 individuals in a nine-county area in West Virginia, many of whom are Highmark members and employees, are affected by the water ban. "At Highmark, we pride ourselves in not only being a caring employer, but most importantly, a caring...

2013-06-25 12:29:36

PITTSBURGH, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Health Services announced today that for the second consecutive year, its insured health plans in all of its markets met the medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and it will not be required to issue rebates. MLR is the share of premium revenues that an insurer spends on patient care and quality improvement activities as opposed to administration and profits. Under reform, insurers in the large...

2013-03-01 12:25:09

PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. and Jefferson Regional Medical Center announced today that the organizations have finalized their affiliation plan. With the closing of the transaction, which is effective March 1, Jefferson Regional becomes the first health system to officially join Highmark's new integrated delivery system. Highmark is also seeking to develop affiliations with the West Penn Allegheny Health System and the Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa....

2013-02-14 16:25:10

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orphan's Court of Allegheny County approved Highmark's affiliation with Jefferson Regional Medical Center and West Penn Allegheny Health System by Order dated February 12, 2013. For Jefferson, this means its affiliation with Highmark and UPE (the 501(c)(3) organization that will be the new parent company of Highmark) will be effective no later than March 1. West Penn Allegheny Health System's affiliation with Highmark and UPE only requires...

2013-02-04 12:25:42

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration for the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is now open for its five walk sites in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Erie and Johnstown, Pa. Since the event's inception in 2003, Highmark has helped 200 Pennsylvania nonprofit health and human service organizations raise more $5.5 million. "We are excited to continue hosting this community event and underwriting 100 percent of the associated costs, so that all participating...

2013-01-14 16:22:42

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. today announced the appointment of Jayanth (Jay) Godla as executive vice president and chief strategy officer. In this role, Mr. Godla will lead Highmark's long-range strategic planning efforts and identify future growth and affiliation opportunities. Mr. Godla will report to William Winkenwerder, M.D., Highmark's president and chief executive officer. Since 2011, Mr. Godla served as head of enterprise strategy at Aetna in Hartford,...

2012-12-13 12:24:25

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. announced today the construction of a medical mall at 12311 Perry Highway in Wexford, Pa. When completed in 2014, the 174,000-square-foot facility, which will be an integral part of Highmark's growing integrated delivery system and will provide patients with accessible, high-quality health care in Pittsburgh's northern communities. "Today's announcement is an important milestone in our efforts to transform the delivery of health care in...

2012-12-12 16:25:27

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Corbett administration today announced that Pennsylvania will utilize the federally facilitated model for the health insurance exchange that will serve the commonwealth beginning on Oct.1, 2013. The administration's announcement today provides needed clarity for all health care stakeholders preparing for reform. Since the Affordable Care Act became law, Highmark has been working to comply with the regulations and will be offering products on the...