Highmark and Its Subsidiary Companies Provide Nearly $900,000 to Support More Than 120 Educational Organizations

Jun 10, 2010, 11:38 ET from Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc., in partnership with its subsidiary companies, Davis Vision, Gateway Health Plan, Highmark Insurance Group, Keystone Health Plan West and United Concordia Life and Health, recently provided grants totaling nearly $900,000 to support 121 educational organizations in Pennsylvania.

The grants were funded through Highmark's subsidiary companies' participation in the Education Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC), part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This year, Highmark's subsidiaries provided $160,000 towards educational improvement organizations, $400,500 for scholarship programs and $335,288 for pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations in the state of Pennsylvania.

"One of the greatest investments we can make for our communities is in our children," said Evan Frazier, Highmark senior vice president of community affairs. "We know that children are highly influenced while in school, not just through education, but social interactions and healthy habits. If we can make an impact in their lives where they need it the most, we are offering them their greatest chance at success."

The EITC program is available to Pennsylvania businesses that pay any one of six taxes by submitting an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, in a request to provide grants to the eligible organizations of their choice. In the past five years, Highmark's subsidiaries have provided more than $3 million in funding through EITC to educational organizations in the communities Highmark serves.

For a complete list of awarded organizations, please visit the Highmark newsroom at www.highmark.com

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.7 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

SOURCE Highmark Inc.