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PA Department of Insurance Warns Insurance Agents Not to Sell Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO

I don’t think I’ve seen this one yet.  The state Department of Insurance put out a “Notice” this past Friday (see notice below), warning insurance agents that, “. . .producers offering this product [Highmark Community Blue Medicare Advantage HMO], which may be inconsistent with the Consent Decree, may run the risk of violating Pennsylvania’s Unfair…

14 Oct 14
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Highmark Replaces CEO

This just came out this morning from the Pittsburgh Tribune:    

21 May 14
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Blue Cross of Northeastern PA to Merge into Highmark

Currently, there are 4 Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates in Pennsylvania.  Assuming the closing of this recently announced merger, there will be 3.  Blue Cross of Northeastern PA (BCNEPA) has about 500,000 insurance subscribers and about $750 million in annual revenue.  Their stated surplus is $258 million at the end of 2012. As a part…

20 Feb 14
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Highmark Closes on Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Highmark is the largest health insurer in Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the BlueCross and BlueShield Association.  The closing of the deal with Jefferson, valued at $350 million, gives Highmark an anchor hospital in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  Highmark is also trying to finalize…

2 Mar 13
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Highmark CEO Fired

This goes into the “stranger than fiction” file.  Highmark is one of the largest health insurers in Pennsylvania.  The CEO of Highmark was fired by the board in an emergency meeting when a police report was released which alleged that the CEO was arrested for trespassing onto the property of his mistress (and her husband)…

3 Apr 12
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Highmark Agrees to Sell Medicare Claims Processing Business to a Unit of BCBS of Florida

Highmark is selling off their Medicare claims processing business in order to clear a regulatory path regarding their acquisition of West Penn Allegheny.  It appears that Highmark is more interested in vertical expansion within the health care space than growing horizontally with ancillary Medicare service businesses.  A Highmark EVP is quoted as saying that they…

12 Dec 11
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Highmark Sues UPMC over Ad Campaign

The story is from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Highmark is looking for injunctive relief to block University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers (UPMC) from airing ads which talk about the termination of portions of their contract with Highmark in June of 2012. UPMC is considered a very important medical provider in the Pittsburgh market.

14 Jul 11
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Highmark 2010 Medicare Advantage Product Designs Available for Agent Use Only

We have published the Highmark 2010 Medicare Advantage Plan Designs in the “Agent Use Only” portion of our website for Insurance Agents to study for 2010 Highmark Product Certification. Insurance Agents looking for 2010 Plan Designs can visit our Resource Center.  To access the plans use the following:

  • Company = Highmark
  • State = PA
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