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Latest Pennsylvania Insurance Department Stories

2014-02-18 16:26:17

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department received an application filing from Highmark, Inc. which seeks department approval for the merger of Highmark and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. "The highest priority in our review of this application is to see that consumers will be protected and the impacted health insurers remain financially strong and the market competitive," Insurance Commissioner Michael...

2014-01-22 12:27:31

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After months of the Corbett administration's push to preserve the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now agreed to give impacted and eligible families the option of keeping their CHIP coverage until year-end, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. Pennsylvania is the only state to provide families the additional option of transitioning at...

2014-01-03 12:22:09

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As consumers dig out from yesterday's winter storm, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department offers the following advice and tips about homeowner's and auto insurance policies. First, damage to your house and its contents caused by weight of snow or ice, creating a collapse, is covered under standard homeowner's insurance policies. Freezing conditions such as burst pipes or ice dams, when water is unable to drain properly through the...

2013-09-25 12:26:57

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizen Power, a nonprofit public policy advocacy organization has released an extensive White Paper on health insurance regulation in Pennsylvania. The paper includes information that legislators, regulators, health care policy advocates and journalists will find very valuable, including recommendations for improving how the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) operates. In addition, the paper has a detailed section on the...

2013-08-08 08:31:25

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has received a filing which seeks to restructure the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Holding Company System through a plan of division, Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine announced today. "Our team will now begin its rigorous review to evaluate this transaction against the standards in state law," Consedine said. "We will focus on licensure, solvency, business plans and management, as...

2013-05-15 12:34:40

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is reminding families that planning ahead can protect you financially in the event of a disability. "Two of the most difficult topics for any family to discuss are likely death and disability," said Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine. "But having insurance for those things can be an important part of safeguarding a family's future.''...

2013-04-03 12:29:42

Website Will Help Consumers Answer Everyday Insurance Questions HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has developed a new website, PAHealthOptions.com, to help Pennsylvanians click through the complexities of health insurance in a simple, yet dynamic, format. "Everyone has different needs and understanding health insurance can be confusing," Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said. "We want to provide Pennsylvanians with...

2013-02-26 12:28:09

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department reminds Pennsylvanians with pre-existing health issues that they have until Saturday, March 2, to submit applications for the health plan known as PA Fair Care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that enrollment in all state high-risk pools will end on March 2. Any applications received after this date will not be processed. Last week, the department...

2013-01-30 12:27:08

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) celebrated its 20th year of providing coverage today by announcing that $8.5 million in funding will be proposed in Governor Corbett's 2013-14 budget to focus on expanding the number of insured children in Pennsylvania. CHIP has provided quality health care coverage to more than one million children in Pennsylvania since benefits and coverage began in 1993. "CHIP is a constant in...

2013-01-16 16:26:01

PITTSBURGH, Jan.16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc., West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) and selected WPAHS bondholders announced today that they have reached an agreement on the financial future of the health system. The agreement paves the way to advance the proposed Highmark-WPAHS affiliation to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) for its consideration, enables WPAHS to restructure its debt out of court, and preserves the pensions of some 12,000 health...